I have just discovered that plasticine disintegrates into a fine powder under a high voltage EMF. Its weird to think that all the sticky rubberyness of it comes down to a patterned coupling of charge. It is no longer quite the same to touch. It is less substantial. I can feel the holes, the potential of powder seeping through.
Less substantial… yet why should that be the case when I am now more aware of the qualities of its substance. Perhaps this is because we tend to think of ‘substance’ as being static, an immutable essence through time – always living up to its name. I wonder then, how a future prevalence of mutable substance may change our relationship to time and language?