Fictionalizing the Figuration: (In) Consideration of the Arab Spring’s Narrative Matrix

Presentation: ‘Fictionalizing the Figuration: (In) Consideration of the Arab Spring’s Narrative Matrix’
Conference: TECHNOETIC TELOS: Art, Myth and Media
Host: IONION CENTER FOR THE ARTS & CULTURE
Location: Kefalonia, Greece
Date: April 2012

Derr, D (2012). ‘Fictionalizing the Figuration: (In) Consideration of the Arab Spring’s Narrative Matrix’.  Technoetic Arts: Journal of Speculative Research. Vol. 10, Issue 1. May 2012. ISSN: 1477-965Xd.

Abstract: The objective of this article is to investigate the perceptual experience of a mediated temporality as it pertains to the structure and iteration of the narrative matrix. It examines the construction of the internal narrative assembled from disparate media points of production and distribution fictionalized into linear, codified sequences through the operational stages of figuration and the subsequent iteration. The article will consider the syntagmatic and the paradigmatic within the narrative matrix of the Arab Spring, and the subsequent breakdown of the chronological and mimetic activity.

              time becomes human to the extent that it is articulated through a narrative mode, and
              narrative attains its full meaning when it becomes a condition of temporal experience.              
              (Ricoeur 1984a: 52)