Savage Objects

Edited by Godofredo Pereira

Savage Objects is part of the project Objectology – a wide research on the emergence of non-human actors within a pos-humanist thought. By framing this renewed interest not only within academic discourse, but also within object-research in fields ranging from legal forums, territorial narratives and artistic practices, speculation about objects and things becomes a discussion about conflicting ecologies of thought.

This project started taking shape in early 2010 after a cycle of seminars and performances by the name of Urban Totemism organized by SOOPA in Porto, and was particularly informed by the discussions that took place within the colective residency Terror of the Object, in April 2011, organized by DETRITOS as part of Ghost, a residency in Atelier Real, Lisboa. From these encounters and collaborations the idea of bringing together some of the exciting contemporary research into objects and things begun to emerge, and ultimately became the project Objectology, within Guimarães – European Capital of Culture 2012. Objectology consists of the production of a book edited in both Portuguese and English, around the idea of material resistance entitled Savage Obejcts; and of a seminar, Objects, Practices and Territories, focusing the role of non-human agents within legal and political forums.


Including contributions by:

Martin Holbraad, “Things as Concepts: Anthropology and Pragmatology”
Graham Harman, “On the Supposed Societies of Chemicals, Atoms and Stars in Gabriel Tarde”
João Maria Gusmão, “Soliloquy, A Dwarf in the Stratosphere”
Bjørnar Olsen, “The Return of Things and the Savagery of the Archaelogical Object”
Eyal Weizman, “In Excess of Calculations
Reza Negarestani, “A Vertiginous Enlightenment (JWST and telescopic view of the object)”
Susan Schuppli, “Impure Matter: A Forensics of WTC Dust
Jonathan Saldanha, “Vibrational Mediations”
Regina de Miguel, “An Effect of Verosimilitude”
Michael Taussig, “Bodily Unconscious”
Marcello Maggi, “The Tower and Its Ghost: A Cosmopolitical Narrative from Botswana”
Ayesha Hameed, “The Petrification of the Image ”
Paulo Tavares, “On the Earth-Object
Godofredo Pereira, “Underground

Published by Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda

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