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Making things public : atmospheres of democracy

Author: Bruno Latour; Peter Weibel
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press ; [Karlsruhe, Germany] : ZKM/Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, ©2005.
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""Back to things!"--This is the new motto of what Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel call an "object-oriented democracy." For the more than 100 writers, artists, and philosophers assembled in this groundbreaking editorial and curatorial project, politics is not just a profession, sphere, or system, but a concern for things. Yet though the very word "republic" (res publica) is already full of "things"--things made public  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruno Latour; Peter Weibel
ISBN: 0262122790 9780262122795
OCLC Number: 60245568
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1072 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Contents: From Realpolitik to Dingpolitik or How to Make Things Public / Bruno Latour 14 --
Excerpt: Jonathan Swift on the Difficulty of Talking with Objects 44 --
1 Assembling or Disassembling? --
A Palaver at Tutuila Samoa, 1883. Two Photographs by Captain William A.D. Acland / Elizabeth Edwards 48 --
No Politics Please / Philippe Descola 54 --
On Small Devices of Thought. Concepts, Etymology and the Problem of Translation / Masato Fukushima 58 --
WAI 262. A Maori "Cultural Property" Claim / Amiria Henare 64 --
"This Is Not a Facade" / Angela Zito 70 --
An Election in Papua New Guinea / Pascale Bonnemere, Pierre Lemonnier 86 --
Diplomats without Portfolios. The Question of Contact with Extraterrestrial Civilizations / Pierre Lagrange 90 --
2 Which Cosmos for Which Cosmopolitics? --
Divisionem sententiae postulare. Self-laceration / Bazon Brock 100 --
Good and Bad Government: Siena and Venice / Giuseppe Pavanello 108 --
Sky, Heaven and the Seat of Power / Simon Schaffer 120 --
The Pantheon of Brains / Michael Hagner 126 --
Transforming Things. Art and Politics on the Northwest Coast / Anita Herle 132 --
"Our Government as Nation". Sir Benjamin Stone's Parliamentary Pictures / Elizabeth Edwards, Peter James 142 --
Excerpt: John Dewey on the Pragmatist Good Government 156 --
3 The Problem of Composition --
Composing the Body Politic. Composite Images and Political Representation, 1651-2004 / Dario Gamboni 162 --
Seeing Double. How to Make Up a Phantom Body Politic / Simon Schaffer 196 --
JJ / Golan Levin 203 --
Reflections on a Table / Richard Aczel, Marton Fernezelyi, Robert Koch, Zoltan Szegedy-Maszak 204 --
Excerpt: William Shakespeare on the Parable of the Members and the Belly 206 --
Issues Spark a Public into Being. A Key But Often Forgotten Point of the Lippmann-Dewey Debate / Noortje Marres 208 --
Mission Impossible. Giving Flesh to the Phantom Public / Michel Jaffrennou, Thierry Coduys 218 --
InterSections/ZKM. A Project / Ismael Celis 224 --
Freedom for Music! Intuition and the Rule / Denis Laborde 228 --
Classes, Masses, Crowds. Representing the Collective Body and the Myth of Direct Knowledge / Ana Miljacki 234 --
Excerpt: Thomas Hobbes on Leviathan 246 --
4 From Objects to Things --
Of Althings! / Gisli Palsson 250 --
Thing Site, Tie, Ting Place. Venues for the Administration of Law / Barbara Dolemeyer 260 --
Heidegger on Objects and Things / Graham Harman 268 --
Excerpt: Martin Heidegger on the Etymology of "Thing" 272 --
Heidegger and the Atomic Bomb / Richard Rorty 274 --
100 Suns. Military Photography Collected by Michael Light / Katrin Werner 276 --
Things as Res publicae. Making Things Public / Oleg Kharkhordin 280 --
Things Chinese: On wu / Angela Zito 290 --
Dewey's Transactions. From Sense to Common Sense / Mara Mills 292 --
5 From Laboratory to Public Proofs --
Public Experiments / Simon Schaffer 298 --
Disabled Persons of All Countries, Unite! / Michel Callon 308 --
Public Evaluation and New Rules for "Human Parks" / Bernard Reber 314 --
Circulations. A Virtual Laboratory and Its Elements / Henning Schmidgen, Hans-Jorg Rheinberger 320 --
Things under Water. E.J. Marey's Aquarium Laboratory and Cinema's Assembly / Hanna Rose Shell 326 --
Wall of Science / Peter Galison, Robb Moss 332 --
Making Electrons Public / Pablo Jensen 334 --
"Actions of Interest" in Surgical Simulators / Inge Hinterwaldner 338 --
Making Collaboration Networks Visible / Andrei Mogoutov, Alberto Cambrosio, Peter Keating 342 --
Making Science and Technology Results Public. A Sociology of Demos / Claude Rosental 346 --
6 "The Great Pan Is Dead!" --
Viva la Republica Cosmica! or The Children of Humboldt and Coca-Cola / John Tresch 352 --
Excerpt: Karl Polanyi on Dogs Eat Dogs or the Fable of Sociobiology 358 --
"Sheep Do Have Opinions" / Vinciane Despret 360 --
Wolves in the Valley. On Making a Controversy Public / Isabelle Mauz, Julien Gravelle 370 --
About Pigs / Jocelyne Porcher, Thierry Schweitzer 380 --
Chicken for Shock and Awe: War on Words / Donna Haraway 384 --
What Is It Like to Be Face to Face with a Great Ape? / Chris S. Herzfeld 388 --
The Obelisks of Stockholm / Petra Adolfsson 396 --
Coastal Environment Made Public. Notes from the Field / Werner Krauss 398 --
7 Reshuffling Religious Assemblies --
Reforming the Assembly / Joseph Leo Koerner 404 --
Arguing with Heretics? Colloquiums, Disputations and Councils in the Sixteenth Century / Olivier Christin 434 --
Dominican Constitutions / Christophe Boureux 444 --
Interfaith Celebrations, a New Rite? / Anne-Sophie Lamine 448 --
An Assembly of Humans, Shells and Gods / Patricia de Aquino 454 --
8 The Parliaments of Nature --
Galileo's Traveling Circus of Science / Mario Biagioli 460 --
Rhine Streaming / Matthias Gommel 474 --
River Sentinels. Finding a Mouth for the Lot River / Christelle Gramaglia 478 --
Water Parliaments: Some Examples / Jean-Pierre Le Bourhis 482 --
River Landscaping in Second Modernity / Cordula Kropp 486 --
The Lottery of the Sea. A Film in Progress / Allan Sekula 492 --
The Path of Milk / Cornel Bierens 494 --
Milky Way / Viestarts Gailitis 497 --
Excerpt: Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar 500 --
9 Which Assembly for Those Assemblages? --
The Detroit Industry Murals. Diego Rivera (1886-1957) / Valerie Pihet 504 --
The Politics of Water. A Dutch Thing to Keep the Water Out or Not / Wiebe E. Bijker 512 --
A Building Is a "Multiverse" / Albena Yaneva 530 --
The Architectural Thing. The Making of "Making Things Public" / Nikolaus Hirsch, Michel Muller 536 --
The Glory of Tournai / Guillaume Monsaingeon 540 --
Who Is Minding the Bridges? (A Personal Inquiry) / Bojidar Yanev 548 --
10 Follow the Paper-Trails --
The Common Place of Law. Transforming Matters of Concern into the Objects of Everyday Life / Susan S. Silbey, Ayn Cavicchi 556 --
Public International Indigenes / Philippe Geslin, Ellen Hertz 566 --
The People of Karlsruhe. Jochen Gerz's Constitutional Rights Square / Angelika Stepken 574 --
The Notebook: A Paper-Technology / Anke te Heesen 582 --
Removing Knowledge / Peter Galison 590 --
Blocking Things Public / Peter Galison, Robb Moss 600 --
The Image, between Res privata and Res communis / Laurent Pfister, Anne-Genevieve Hakim, Frederique Andre-Rafatjah 602 --
11 What's Political in Political Economy? --
An Artificial Being / Richard Powers 614 --
The Stock Ticker / Alex Preda 622 --
Listening to the Spread Plot / Daniel Beunza, Fabian Muniesa 628 --
This Announcement Appears as a Matter of Record Only! Notes on The New Germany Found Inc / Universalia Non Realia Sed Nomina / Ecke Bonk 634 --
Releasing Market Statistics / Emmanuel Didier 638 --
Capitalism Cartograms and World Government / Bureau d'etudes 642 --
Publicizing Goldilocks' Choice at the Supermarket. The Political Work of Shopping Packs, Carts and Talk / Franck Cochoy, Catherine Grandclement-Chaffy 646 --
The Creators of the Shopping Worlds / Harun Farocki 660 --
Cuddly / We Are the Children / Guillaume Paris 661 --
The Parliament of Fashion / Pauline Terreehorst, Gerard de Vries 662 --
Questions of Taste / Antoine Hennion, Genevieve Teil, Frederic Vergnaud 670 --
12 The Political Aesthetic of Reason --
Hard Facts / Lorraine Daston 680 --
Paint/Print/Public / Lisa Pon 686 --
The Evidence of Phryne, or Phryne Stripped Bare by Rhetoric Even / Barbara Cassin 694 --
Humanization of Knowledge Through the Eye / Frank Hartmann 698 --
Democratic Socialism, Cybernetic Socialism. Making the Chilean Economy Public / Eden Medina 708 --
Science in the Age of Sensibility / Jessica Riskin 722 --
Political Aesthetics. Image and Form in Contemporary Dutch Spatial Politics / Emilie Gomart 726 --
Public Experiments. On Several Productions of Bertolt Brecht's "The Life of Galileo" / Frederique Ait-Touati 734 --
13 Parliamentary Technologies --
Re: Public / Robert Koch 746 --
The Circle of Discussion and the Semicircle of Criticism / Jean-Philippe Heurtin 754 --
Excerpt: Abbe Sieyes on the Infinite Parliament 770 --
Stranded Bodies of Democracy. Cases from the Indian Himalayas / Nicolas Yazgi 772 --
How to Make a Still Picture Speak and Walk. The Fabulous Destiny of a Gandhi Follower / Emmanuel Grimaud 778 --
Parliamentary Public / Ludger Schwarte 786 --
Designing the Agon. Questions on Architecture, Space, Democracy and "the Political" / Teresa Hoskyns 798 --
Some Reflections on an Agonistic Approach to the Public / Chantal Mouffe 804 --
Centers Don't Have to Be Points. Politics beyond State Boundaries / Ash Amin, Nigel Thrift, Helen Baker, Doreen Massey 810 --
Voting Machinery, Counting and Public Proofs in the 2000 US Presidential Election / Michael Lynch, Stephen Hilgartner, Carin Berkowitz 814 --
Dark Source. Public Trust and the Secret at the Heart of the New Voting Machines / Ben Rubin 828 --
Spin. A Documentary on Political Media / Brian Springer 834 --
Turning Public Discourse into an Authentic Artifact: Shorthand Transcription in the French National Assembly / Delphine Gardey 836 --
The Power of Representation: Parliaments of North Africa and the Middle East / Jean-Noel Ferrie, Baudouin Dupret 844 --
Legible Mob / Christian Nold 846 --
14 A Search for Eloquence --
Excerpt: Jean de La Fontaine on the Power of Fables 856 --
Managing Evidence / Barbara Cassin 858 --
Excerpt: Jonathan Swift on the Tricky Art of Conversation 866 --
Pindices / Andrew Barry, Lucy Kimbell 872 --
Communiculture / Futurefarmers 874.
Responsibility: edited by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel.
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""Back to things!"--This is the new motto of what Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel call an "object-oriented democracy." For the more than 100 writers, artists, and philosophers assembled in this groundbreaking editorial and curatorial project, politics is not just a profession, sphere, or system, but a concern for things. Yet though the very word "republic" (res publica) is already full of "things"--things made public - it is these same things that are always forgotten. Through more than 900 illustrations and over 100 essays, this collection scarches for democracy beyond the official sphere of professional politics, and explores public assemblies too often left out of a narrowly-defined discourse: laboratories, assembly lines, supermarkets, trade rooms, courts of law, bureaucratic institutions, churches, and natural resources such as rivers and climates." "This collection itself presents a significant public assembly, joining such prominent thinkers as Richard Rorty, Simon Schaffer, Peter Galison, and Peter Sloterdijk with the likes of Shakespeare, Swift, La Fontaine, and Melville. Ranging from the distant past to the troubled present, this collective effort examines the atmospheric conditions in which things are made public, and reinvests political representation with the materiality it has been lacking. This book, and the ZKM show that it accompanies, aims to trigger new political passions and interests in a time when people need, more than ever, new ways to have their voices heard."--Jacket.

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