News & Logs

February 6, 2016

After Iconoclash in 2002 and Making Things Public in 2005, Reset Modernity! an exhibition that continues the AIME project (An Inquiry into Modes of Existence) will open in Karlsruhe, at the ZKM.

February 3, 2016

Created seven years ago, the médialab of Sciences Po is a very lively and innovative research group that is specialized in crossing the boundary between social theory (at the beginning mainly ANT and Tarde inspired social research) and the new abundance of digital traces.

January 10, 2016

Formerly, we used to enjoy ‘splendid weather’ or put up with a ‘lousy climate’. But in recent months we’ve found ourselves on the receiving end of some ‘awfully splendid’ weather. What is true of the weather is also true of politics. Is it possible tro draw a triangle which opens up another vector to orient ourselves. (the piece in French -Le Monde 13-01-2016- has been kindly translated by Timothy Howles and Terence Blake)
 
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December 21, 2015

An exhibition at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Run time: April 15 – August 21, 2016
Opening: April 15, 2016
Curators: Bruno Latour, Donato Ricci, Martin Guinard-Terrin & Christophe Leclercq
Scenography: Critical Media Lab (Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures Academy of Art and Design FHNW Basel): Jamie Allen, Paolo Patelli, Claudia Mareis, Moritz Greiner-Petter, Johannes Bruder, Flavia Caviezel, Carola Giannone, Deborah Tchoudjinoff
A catalog at MIT-Press, editors Bruno Latour and Christophe Leclercq
In cooperation with...

November 22, 2015

What is so discouraging about the terrorist acts is that our discussion of what motivated the operations is as insane as the acts themselves. With each attack of this nature, we restage the grand war drama, the nation in peril and the protector-state purporting to rise up against barbarity. This is what states do, we say: we should have a basic expectation of security, and the state should have the means to provide it. End of story.
But what makes the current situation so much more dismaying is that the crimes committed on 13 November have occurred within a few days of another event...

November 7, 2015

The simulation of the COP-21 done in Sciences Po in May 2015 in the Amandiers theatre in Nanterre near Paris had mobilized 200 students from many universities around the world and has explored a very original procedure, one that tried to approximate the "Parliament of Things" that has been the object of many studies over the year. This innovation in political theory and international relations, is now visible as a film realized by David Borstein and Les films de l'air. It is now available in English as a video on demand on the...

September 13, 2015

Some explanation on the fate of the Gifford Lectures given in February 2013. I had put the text of the lecture on the web thinking it could be published soon with Polity. However, I had a lot of work to do with AIME and many new thoughts on the question of Gaia. In the meantime, I had them translated in French. When I started to prepare the French publication, I rewrote them entirely and added two new lectures. The argument is, I hope, much better and more focused and sharp, but now only in French. It will be issued in October by La Découverte. So now I have to ask the remarkable...

June 25, 2015

There is one thing more difficult than to tell good from evil, it is to decide which time we are in, which epoch, and on which land we have our feet on. I was reminded of that difficulty Saturday at the border when the police officer, after having asked me what research I was doing, and on learning that I work en environment with a special interest for the drought, retorted: “Drought, which drought? Have you not read the Bible, it is all there, 7 years dry, 7 years wet, I have been in California for forty years, it’s always like this, it never fails. So don’t believe environmentalists,...

March 20, 2015

In the simulation of the COP21 Climate conference organized by the students of Sciences Po and other universities, the key innovation to break the deadlock of nation states trying to negotiate CO2 emission instead of the causes is to modify the list of parties. This is what has been done. Now, the key exciting moment is to see how students will become able to represent those cross cutting entities against the self interest of nation-states.
You might be interested to participate or to send one of your friends to...

February 14, 2015

Confronted with hideous crimes, the first temptation is to portray the perpetrators as archaic bloodthirsty fanatics who have no place in our midst and that should be uprooted and forever eliminated. It’s especially tempting to say that we are at war with them, since they themselves claim to be at war with us. However, we begin to have second thoughts when we learn that they have been educated in the same schools as our children and that until the moment when they started to be, as it is said, “radicalized”, they were fully “assimilated” to our “secular culture”. The more we learn about...