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Title:Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:MIT Press (MA)
ISBN:0262122790
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Number of Pages:1072
Category:Non fiction, Philosophy, Sociology, Politics, Material culture

Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy by Bruno Latour, Peter Weibel

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy In this groundbreaking editorial and curatorial project more than writers artists and philosophers rethink what politics is about In a time of political turmoil and anticlimax this book redefines politics as operating in the realm of things Politics is not just an arena a profession or a system but a concern for things brought to the attention of the fluid and expansive constituency of the public But how are things made public What we might ask is a republic a res publica a public thing if we do not know how to make things public There are many other kinds of assemblies which are not political in the usual sense that gather a public around things scientific laboratories supermarkets churches and disputes involving natural resources like rivers landscapes and air The authors of Making Things Public and the ZKM show that the book accompanies ask what would happen if politics revolved around disputed things Instead of looking for democracy only in the official sphere of professional politics they examine the new atmospheric conditions technologies interfaces platforms networks and mediations that allow things to be made public They show us that the old definition of politics is too narrow there are many techniques of representation in politics science and art of which Parliaments and Congresses are only a part The authors include such prominent thinkers as Richard Rorty Simon Schaffer Peter Galison Richard Powers Lorraine Daston Richard Aczel and Donna Haraway their writings are accompanied by excerpts from John Dewey Shakespeare Swift La Fontaine and Melville More than color images document the new idea of what Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel call an object oriented democracy