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Bruno Latour, Professor & Curator, Ecole des Mines, Paris

From Object to Things: How to Represent the Parliament of Nature?




October 17, 2005; 60 Minutes; Video

"Things" are controversial assemblages of entangled issues, and not simply objects sitting apart from our political passions. The entanglements of things and politics engage activists, artists, politicians, and intellectuals. To assemble this parliament, rhetoric is not enough and nor is eloquence; it requires the use of all the technologies -- especially information technology -- and the possibility for the arts to re-present anew what are the common stakes. This talk will debrief and discuss "Making Things Public", a recent art show that provided a simulation of these issues.