Making into thing - anthropo-eccene design: on the craft of emergence

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The chapter presents reflections on a topology for systesm of artifacts involving and meshing with all forms of human cohabitation today: such systems constitute very intense conglomerates of aggregated, coherent and networked artifacts and artifice, from large technological systems and infrastructures to pervasive wireless systems for monitoring, control and communication, and further. The classical theory of “making into thing” – “reification” (from 'res': thing, in Latin), developed from the 19th century to the second half of the 20th century – can be rewritten as a genealogy of continuous artifice, in this sense a topology which establish a new framework for thinking beyond nature-culture divides and engages with the current claims of “hyperobjectivity” emerging out of the “dark ecology” of the climate crisis (Timothy Morton). The chapter suggest on this background three modalities of what is termed a proto-topology for the artificial environment concluded by a critical assessment of the current trends of new materialism and their posthuman tenor, for instance in Morton’s idea of hyperobjectivity. As conclusion a contrasting alternative of a new anthropo-eccentric approach is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitecture and Postphenomenology
EditorsLars Botin, Inger Berling Hyams
Number of pages20
PublisherLexington
Publication statusIn preparation - 2019

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