QUANTUM SOCIETY by Sara Gebran
145 x 200mm, 272 pages, full colour printing, perfect bound, 2022
A performative publication aiming to immerse readers in a world of social intimacy.
As in her previous work Another Hole, author and choreographer Sara Gebran adopts a speculative-writing style so as to avoid categorization. A writing that appropriates everything that goes on in front of her, from films, news, daily pandemic or post pandemic stressed jokes, philosophy, to books on art, or by artists, sex and desires, performances, YouTube, Instagram, and soap operas. Quantum Society figures a delirious and hallucinatory theoretical poetics that prompts access to a new world without representation Sara Gebran calls: NOTHING, BIG EMPTY, BIG NOTHING, where everything we know will not appear as separated in the future. Comprised of 550 micro-chapters, Quantum Society journeys through an overabundance of critical topics, personal reflections, political rants, song lyrics, lists, capturing contemporary global life as one of loneliness as well as critical hope and courage to demand an ecstasy of intimacy. Sara Gebran uses the page as a stage for choreographic and dancing practices, and as a public space where readers meet (in quantic time) to experience shared imaginaries. Readers are treated as a collective audience, equally addressed as co-thinkers, co-writers, and performers. The instructions of emotions by colors, emotions by spacing, and how to sing this book on the frst pages gives the reader agency to put together their own matrix of feelings and imaginaries. The uncanny intimacy she develops is a tool and a concept she calls Social Intimacy, a part of her investigation on how to achieve, together, a more open, inclusive and solidary society, a QUANTUM SOCIETY, which she unfolds slowly throughout the book.
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