Things Activism. A Political Aesthetics of Things in a Posthuman World

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Cătălin Gheorghe

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Starting from a description of art activism, one of the relevant art movements in the XXIst century, as a working model for the possibility of a ‘things activism’, the article is approaching a series of posthumanist reasons to elaborate a ‘political aesthetics of things’ based on concepts derived from the sociology of objects, the object-oriented philosophy, the new materialism, the speculative realism, such as the ‘parliament of things’, the ‘internet of things’, the ‘democracy of objects’, and the ‘political ecology of things’, with the derived fiction of the possibility of a ‘nation of things’. To the extent that ‘humans’ are involved in political protests to respond, for example, to the consequences of the supercilious exploitation or noxious transformation of nature, there are also reactions and participations of natural or artistic ‘things’ or ‘hybrids’ that can be seen as being part of a ‘collective action’ of a ‘congregation of bodies’.   

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GHEORGHE, Cătălin. Things Activism. A Political Aesthetics of Things in a Posthuman World. Annals of the University of Bucharest - Philosophy Series, [S.l.], v. 67, n. 1, p. 205-225, july 2018. ISSN 0068-3175. Available at: <http://annals.ub-filosofie.ro/index.php/annals/article/view/271>. Date accessed: 21 nov. 2018.
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