Apophasis: Greg Ulmer @ MIT


This heuretic experiment appropriates the tradition of apophatic theology for the invention of an electrate metaphysics (the practices of discourse, communication, expression native to a digital apparatus). “Apophasis” (related to negative theology) as rhetoric is defined as saying something by denying something else.


It is a verbal method to communicate (express, evoke) something more and other than what is being manifestly said. This definition links apophatic rhetoric with rhetoric in general, as a poetics necessarily at work when attempting to think not only what is unknown, unthought, or unspoken, but what is unknowable, unthinkable, unspeakable in principle.

Enlightened Environments (Apophatic Design) Lecture Video.

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