How is anticipation, as a form of movement, facilitated by and captured in and through digital technologies? This micro-residency suggests that what appears as stillness or stasis (non-movement) in anticipation we might, can, and do understand as a form of movement. There may not be noticeable physical change (as measured or captured by technological devices), but anticipation-as-movement is still experienced through sensory, affective, and somatic dimensions. What does it mean to be in a perpetual state of anticipation?
The events of the last year have placed us in a perpetual state of anticipation on multiple scales — waiting for Zoom calls to connect, wondering when it will be safe to leave our homes again, when the pandemic will be “over”, and if nations will succumb to authoritarian and fascist regimes. This extended state of suspension (which is still ongoing) has shifted our expectations of conceiving of what is possible and what might and could happen. At a micropolitical scale, it is found in the distant coldness of dropped Zoom frames, too-long static silences, in the endless cycle of jumping between phone, laptop, TV, tablet, and countless social media and news platforms. How can we access these “breaks” and “failings” as holding their own movement and time?