ABSTRACT

We conclude the book by thinking about what we call sensual and sensorial modernities: how practices of hearing, touching, smelling, tasting can offer us new ways of thinking about the social world just as much as the visual can and in different ways. New vistas of utopia can be opened up by fictions, experiments, aberrations, of experimental social forms and immaterial imaginary life. Moving beyond sensorial modernity means exploring those aspects of our world and being which are counter-sensual and perceptible only through the apparition and the counter-factual. When Baudrillard writes of the ‘arbitrary code’ of European capital and dispels its simulations as a privileged era he is questioning its status as a civilisation. Its temporal endurance is itself as much a miracle as its birth. Unforeseen and unintended it emerges within feudalism as miracle, accident and monster. Indeed capitalist modernity itself may be simply ‘departure from pattern’ and aberration.