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November 5, 2020

The streaming can be accessed by Cartier's site on facebook
When I first entered Sarah Sze’s New York studio space in October 2016, I stumbled in the half-light upon one of the huge prototypes for Timekeeper, and I experienced something akin to the awe the Emperor of China must have felt watching Father Matteo Ricci unravel world maps before the court—images of the Earth the foreigner had brought from the distant Western world. “Yes, this is where we live; this is how we should understand...

July 29, 2020

Preface

This book aims at changing the conversation over the many controversies and conflicts triggered by the ecological mutation, by literally, shifting the ground on which it takes place. Like many people, we were worried about the lack of reaction of people who remained indifferent to the global crisis, when we realized that groups of scientists in Earth science, who had coined the word “critical zones” to develop their research project, had in fact, little by little, modified the very definition of the land on which politics take place. After having built, through the...

June 28, 2020

Barbara Kiolbassa convened Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel to explain to the public what is the "terrestrial" as part of the lectures of the Terrestrial University assembled for the duration of the exhibition "Critical Zones -Observatories for Earthly Politics in Karlsruhe ZKM on view until February 2020. The video can be seen here.

June 7, 2020

It would certainly be a shame to lose too quickly all the benefit of what Covid-19 has revealed to be essential. In the midst of the chaos, of the world crisis that is to come, of the grief and suffering, there is at least one thing that everyone has been able to grasp: something is wrong with the economy. First of all, of course, because it seems that it can be suspended in one fell swoop; it no longer has the appearance of an irreversible movement that can neither slow down, nor by any means stop, without risk of catastrophe. Next, because all those in lockdown have noticed that class...

May 11, 2020

The thought exhibition »Critical Zones – Observatories for Earthly Politics« about the critical situation of the earth falls through the Corona crisis into a critical time. A new earth policy also requires a new exhibition policy: We are broadcasting!
The growing exhibition at the ZKM will be combined with a digital exhibition that will also be rising steadily. The museum will become a »home museum« with a virtual accompanying program.
On May 22, 2020 from 7...

May 11, 2020

Just at the moment when the idea of sovereignty has become obsolete through the intensification of globalization, planetary changes and migrations, the new political mood is to withdraw behind the borders that Nation States invented in previous centuries. In spite of the vast transformations that the new climatic regime requires, it is today a politics of identity, nationalism and borders that seems the most attractive to voters. Everywhere the choice is either to prolong the extension of globalization or else return to the older ideas of strictly enforced sovereignty. There seems to be no...

March 29, 2020

This is an exercice extracted from a paper in French (translated in English by Stephen Muecke) in AOC-Media
A little exercise to make sure things don’t restart after the lock out just as they were before*
As to the 1st of May 2020, we open a platform to facilitate the answer to the questions and possibly to link people together.
Proposed by @BrunoLatourAIME following arguments proposed in Down to Earth Politics in the New Climatic Regime (Polity, 2018...

March 26, 2020

Is This a Dress Rehearsal?

The unforeseen coincidence between a general confinement and the period of Lent is still quite welcome for those who have been asked, out of solidarity, to do nothing and to remain at a distance from the battle front. This obligatory fast, this secular and republican Ramadan can be a good opportunity for them to reflect on what is important and what is derisory. . . It is as though the intervention of the virus could serve as a dress rehearsal for the next...

February 27, 2020

You may access the page and the videos here.
In 2014, Sciences Po realized a MOOC on Digital Humanities (a 101 sociology of science class) in English with lots of documents and exercise. For questions of rights it was abandonned after two successful years. The biologist and STS scholar Michael Flower had the good idea of resurrecting the MOOC starting with the intrductory videos by BL and then adding several features, including the feedback given by BL on some of the work done by students. We are testing here, on this site, whether this...

October 7, 2019

“You and I don’t share the same vision of the world” is a frequent figure of speech in political debates, whether in an official or informal setting. But the point is that today it is not merely a difference of “visions” about a space that would be the same for everyone, but a question of “the material nature” of the very world that we are talking about. Whereas in earlier times, geopolitics implied that there were different people with different interests fighting for territories that were parts of the same nature, today it is the composition of this very nature that is at stake.
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