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READ KINDLE Ã Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts Á Events are always passing to experience an event is to experience the passing But how do we perceive an experience that encompasses the just was and the is about to be as much as what is actually present In Semblance and Event, Brian Massumi, drawing on the work of William James, Alfred North Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze, and others, develops the concept of semblance as a way to approach this questionIt is, he argues, a question of abstraction, not as the opposite of the concrete but as a dimension of it lived abstraction A semblance is a lived abstraction Massumi uses the category of the semblance to investigate practices of art that are relational and event oriented variously known as interactive art, ephemeral art, performance art, art intervention which he refers to collectively as the occurrent arts Each art practice invents its own kinds of relational events of lived abstraction, to produce a signature species of semblance The artwork s relational engagement, Massumi continues, gives it a political valence just as necessary and immediate as the aesthetic dimension