Affective Politics of Sensation: Anonymity and Transtemporal Activism in Argentina

  • Christoph Brunner
Keywords: Representation, media ecology, affect, El Siluetazo, hapticality, Madres de Plaza de Mayo


This article deals with the aesthetic mobilization of anonymity in Argentine activist practices. Focusing on the specific intervention of El Siluetazo, the public drawing and placarding of nameless silhouettes during the mili- tary dictatorship from 1976 to 1983, anonymity will be explored as instigating an affective politics of sensation. Different from the human rights discourse on disappearance, which is concerned with politics of identification of the disappeared and the repressors, anonymity offers forms of affective relaying beyond identity. The logic of identity will be discussed in relation to a “ distribution of the sensible” that takes aesthetics of sense perception as the target of control (Rancière, 2004). Through investigating the silhouettes not as a universal signifier of disap- pearance but as an aesthetic expression potentially moving across space and time, I will unfold a media ecological conception of activist practices and their capacities of activating transtemporal forms of resistance. 

How to Cite
Brunner, C. (2015). Affective Politics of Sensation: Anonymity and Transtemporal Activism in Argentina. Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation, 2(1), 176-195.
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