Beside the Point: Where the In-Act of Activism Lurks

Thunderbolts explode between different intensities, but they are preceded by an invisible, imperceptible dark precursor, which determines their path in advance but in reverse, as though intagliated.
Gilles Deleuze, Difference and Repetition, London and New York: Continuum, 1994, 119.

The problem is determined by singular points which correspond to series, but the question, by an aleatory point which corresponds to an empty square on the mobile element.
Gilles Deleuze, The Logic of Sense. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990, 56.

The possible implies becoming—the passage from one to the other takes place in the infra-thin.
Marcel Duchamp, Notes. Edited and translated by Paul Matisse. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1983, 22.

In this paper, I will explore the force of seriality of the “infrathin,” a concept brought forth by Marcel Duchamp, in light of the notions of both the dark precursor and the aleatory point. Considering the complex durations at the heart of activist practice (from the emergency of the moment to the deadlock of burnout and depression), I will inquire into the ways in which an ethico-aesthetic practice can reorient the thought of the political at the heart of the act.