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Transcript of Inanimate Objects
- a moment of naivete is able to be dome without any discernment of Thing-Power if we are to be able to acknowledge the force of matter
- concentration of the insight that any Thing-Power recognized is an effect of culture and is an insight that diminishes any potential to render more clarity into the world. 25) Walking, Taking Minerals 26) Thing-Power Materialism describes how things have the power to move humans, who have the ability to move themselves. 27) Humans can then be thought to be composed of a complex materiality, composed of simple materials that inanimate objects are also made out of. This may cause there to be a connection between us and objects, linking and creating relationships/ allowing us to create an easy relationship with objects. 28) There is a danger, besides the possibility of treating humans as objects, that we may reduce objects to mere objects to just mere objects - things destined for trash (insignificant). 29) Bennett believes that in order to increase ones awareness of the vitality of the world, we must have sympathy or a certain feeling of enchantment or love of the world. 30) Negativity and Things 31) Because humans are materials, they possess a Thing-Power of their own, which can result as a sort of resistance or negativity. 32) This negativity/resistance can be described as non-identity, or lack of a connection between concept and thing.
Adorno recommends various excersizes to honour this non-identity and therefore hone in on it: 33)
1. Make the process of conceptualization itself as an object of reflection.
2. Admit the 'playful' element into ones thinking and attempt to understand by appearing as though you completely comprehend the idea.
3. Imagine emergent possibilities and do not restrict yourself to the examination of existing objects. 34) Bennett's primary goal is to give expression to Thing-Power. She wants to enliven the debate over what materiality is and what it does. To Bennett, the term "inanimate" means something that cannot perform any sort of action, nor can it produce effects or alter situations. Because most objects have the ability to do all these things, it is possible that she doesn't consider these objects to be inanimate after all. Tim Noble and Sue Webster These two artists collaborate to create art pieces that use "inanimate objects" such as garbage that, when shone light upon, create a shadow that depicts the bodies of the artists. Perhaps the artists use objects that the relate to or have some sort of relation to in their lives and use these objects to depict themselves. By Michael Saler
In recent years, historians from disparate fields have independently challenged the longstanding sociological view that modernity is characterized by “disenchantment.”
To disenchant is to free from illusion, yet it seems as though the view of disenchantment allows mysteries that defy science to exist and is used also to allow reason. This view maintains that wonders have been demystified by science, spirituality has been supplanted by secularism, spontaneity has been replaced by bureaucratization, and the imagination has been subordinated to instrumental reason.
In the past decade, however, a new historiographic position, if not consensus, has emerged that presents Western modernity as “enchanted.” Valerie Blass Christine Swintak worked on creating a consciousness on the shed. Recreating the way that many people who are obsessed with certain objects and how they behaved towards certain things. Trying to place feeling within an inanimate object she found that she couldn't feel the sheds 'consciousness' and she believed that it was because of the way felt towards the 'object' of her obsession. Swintak
Self Aware Shed Authors tend to present the interrelationship between modernity and enchantment in one of three ways, each of which corresponds to an “ideal type” that the author holds about the question, either explicitly or implicitly.
These can be called the binary, dialectical, and antinomial approaches, although those are somewhat rough and ready heuristic labels intended to highlight key features of particular interpretations. The binary and the dialectical approaches to the topic, with their “either/or” logic, have been common since the late nineteenth century, but the antinomial approach, with its “both/and” logic, seems to have become the prevailing one in recent years. HOARDERS? People who accumulate or gather objects they find interesting 3 main points why hoarders act the way they do to inanimate objects: 1: Slowness According to the therapists in the Hoarders show, hoarding is often caused by a loss of a family member, something important, or just loneliness. Unlike us humans, objects made from materials such as metal or plastic, can last forever. The slow process of decaying reassures the hoarders that the objects will not disappear before them. 2: Proximity/ Contagion Relationship in how objects with their "thing" power can invade or fuse with any body or medium. Conative: to drive or to seek alliance of other bodies to enhance itself/vitality 3: Inorganic Sympathy Non hoarders does not tend to think inanimate objects have feelings. Valarie's interest in the artifacts of the past influence her sculptural works because her intrigued feelings put more meaning and purpose behind the pieces that she places in her works. Rather than just finding pieces of garbage she looks for artifacts that have meaning to her or society.