Gilbert Simondon – ‘The Technical Object as Such’

The philosopher Gilbert Simondon on ‘The Technical Object as Such’ taken from a longer documentary entitled ‘Entretien sur la mécanologie’ (1970)


A Dialogue on the Anthropocene


Cary Wolfe and Claire Colebrook discuss some of the tensions between the concept of the Anthropocene and post-humanist philosophy.

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Matter, Life, and Resistance (1st-2nd July 2013)

An interesting sounding conference in political theory at the U of Kent:

Matter, Life, and Resistance (1st-2nd July 2013)
A two-day international conference in political theory.
Organised by the Centre for Critical Thought, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

New Materialism, Fragility, and Activism, William E.Connolly



Keynote talk by William E. Connolly at the 3rd Annual Radical Democracy Conference on March 16, 2013 at The New School in New York. Talk on “The New Materialism, Fragility, and Activism.”
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The paper village coral reef

Interesting post of a local community project followed and participated in by Joanna Mann as part of her research on craft and communities of matter.


For the last six months 38 crocheters, knitters, and needlefelters have worked together with the community arts and crafts shop paper village to create a woolly coral reef.


It’s been a great project to get involved with, for not only did participants get to practice new skills – I learnt ‘hyperbolic crochet’ and how to needlefelt – but it was a fab opportunity to meet other crafty people in the local area. Since beginning back in November all sorts of lovely coral models and fishy friends have been brought into Vicky at the shop, but it was only when it all came together in to one window display last week that you really got a sense of how much work had gone into the reef and how beautiful it looks. The photos really don’t do it justice. 

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I mentioned hyperbolic crochet – this is a fascinating technique pioneered by University lecturer Daina…

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On the Surface of a Dust Particle



“Dear Radioactive Friends, today I have done a terrible thing for a theoretical physicist, that is, to introduce a new particle that nobody will ever be able to see.”
—Wolfgang Pauli, 1930s

It’s been said that we are a geological force. Over the short history of humankind we have learned to transform materials from the biosphere to our convenience. Technicians have been trained in the art of transforming rocks into square-shaped hills for us to inhabit. Communication technologies have also contributed to the formation of new landscapes on our planet’s surface. Recent efforts in science have attempted to develop design methods and tools towards an integrated biologically-engineered environment, and synthetic biology is emerging as a promising field towards a soft and evolutive process of integration with nature. We are now able to engineer matter itself. But according to astrophysics such matter and all visible matter in our immense universe scarcely…

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# WEAPONIZED ARCHITECTURE /// Designing Volumes of Energy: A Materialist Reading of the Explosion

An interesting reflection, but one that ends somewhat less radically than perhaps it hopes. We need also to consider recognising the non-anthropocentric physical as political.

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Destruction of the Glencairn Tower in Motherwell (near Glasgow) / Photograph by Sam Hardie

Explosions are so ubiquitous in Hollywood Cinema, and the emotion is so intense when one torn-down reality that we do not quite seem to realize what they really are. In 2007, Mike Davis was trying to historicize the car bomb and its urban consequences in his book Buda’s Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb (Verso, 2007) but his analysis was legitimately anthropocentric, which I want to avoid in this specific article. “Leaving the human” can sometimes be risky as it potentially leads to the depoliticization of things – depolitics being a form of politics too and a rather totalitarian one – but it also allows to think of a better understanding of the material world in which we live, and from which we exist as a body.

What is an explosion at the pure…

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