The Minor Gesture
Erin Manning is University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University. She is the author of several books, including Always More Than One: Individuation's Dance, also published by Duke University Press.
Carrying the Feeling
Chapter 6 directly follows from chapter 5, continuing the exploration of the nonvoluntary share of movement. Working with autistic Lucy Blackman’s writing, the chapter takes as its starting point the way Blackman places “carrying” in front of nouns when she writes but erases it when she publishes. What does the carrying do in the context of neurodiversity? This chapter is a sustained engagement with the nonvoluntary share of movement, particularly in the context of facilitation, which is how many nonspeaking autistics come to language. A theory of facilitation is brought forth that emphasizes how facilitation activates a relational field that embraces the nonvoluntary share of movement-moving.