To bring this full circle back to the beginning
of this piece, working with the physicality of matter through process allows
for a change in the entire profile of what can be reconsidered emulsion in relation to film in terms of
what it could be and become. Such a task acts as an example for the human
capacity for planning,
observing, reflecting and action not in order to
set us apart from the world, but rather as a necessity for thinking through how
we are in the world and how the world is in us. To focus on Action/process or as it is posited
here, as an “actant” is Bennett’s way of short-circuiting the cyclic binary of
subject/object and other similar cyclic binaries. To condone such a ‘vitality
of matter’ for Bennett is important because such a focus on subjectivity
“prevents us from detecting (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling) a
fuller range of the nonhuman powers circulating around and within human bodies.

These material powers, which can aid or destroy, enrich or disable, ennoble or
degrade us, in any case, call for our attentiveness, or even respect.”
(Bennett, 2010, p. ix)

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