Digital Media · Film/Video/New Media · Performativity · Technology

Performing harmony as the habitual in a future made of glass

Once again, one more of these videos depicting a a group of individuals enacting harmonious interaction with devices. Oh the future! This one makes part of Corning’s vision for a glassy future. Corning Incorporated is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. The video was released early this year but we just came upon it.

Do you know what Object-Oriented Ontology is?

Text by Larval Subjects: We live in a world pervaded by objects of all kinds, yet nowhere do we have a unified theory or ontology of objects. Whether we are speaking of technological objects, natural objects, commodities, events, groups, animals, institutions, gods, or semiotic objects our historical moment, far from reducing the number of existing objects as alleged by reductive materialisms, has actually experienced a promiscuous proliferation and multiplication of objects of all sorts. Moreover, this proliferation has caused massive upheaval and transformation all throughout planetary, human, and collective life. Yet outside of a few marginal, yet elite, disciplines such as science and technology studies, the investigation of writing technologies, environmental theory and philosophy, media studies, as well as certain variants of feminism and geographical studies, this explosion of objects barely provokes thought or questioning, much less any sort of genuine or informed engagement at the level of praxis.

In light of this situation one is reminded of the epigraph to Heidegger’s Being and Time:

‘For manifestly you have long been aware of what you mean when you use the expression “being”. We, however, who used to think we understood it, have no become perplexed.’

This epigraph could just as easily be rephrased substituting the word “object” for “being”. Where before we thought we understood what it means to be an object, now we are perplexed. It is this perplexity that drives the questioning of object-oriented ontology. Via Larval Subjects

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