Making Things Public. Atmospheres of Democracy

Making Things Public. Atmospheres of Democracy

Editorial: MIT

Páginas: 1071

Año: 2005

EAN: 9780262122795

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More than 100 writers, artists, and philosophers assembled in this project, an Exhibition at the ZKM (Center for Art and Meia Karlsruhe) between 20.03 and 03.10.2005. The exhibition is divided into 13 thematic areas. It begins with a section entitled No Politics Please and then moves on to examine the forms of assembly to be found in other cultures. The issue of collection, of bringing together, is crucial to The Puzzle of Composite Bodies and The Good and the Bad Government. In Assembly of Assemblies visitors can see that there are many other types of gatherings which are not political in the traditional sense but in which a public is formed around things such as science labs, technical projects, supermarkets, financial arenas and churches - The Market Place is a Parliament, Too. The same applies to disputed issues concerning natural resources such as rivers, landscapes, animals, temperature and air - The Parliaments of Nature. All these phenomena have led to a bewildering set of techniques of representation that have created the real political landscape in which we live, breathe and argue. They may be assemblages, but can they be turned into real assemblies? The next section shows that Parliaments, Too, are Complex Technologies. Instead of saying that voting, talking, arguing and deciding are quaint pieces of machinery, the visitor begins to consider them with great respect because of their delicate set of fragile mediations. Instead of looking for democracy only in the official ´sphere´ of professional politics, this section draws attention to the new conditions enabling things to be made public (No Mediation, No Representation). The next logical step is to imagine what representative assemblies could become if only they could benefit from all the techniques of mediation considered earlier. So visitors enter the last part of the exhibition, where they can imagine the future of politics by developing New Politic Passions.