Object Oriented Theories

In this series we examined the construct of objects that are informed by a relation to space, time and materiality. According to Bruno Latour, objects exist in the axis of their networks and bring with them a sense of connectedness, or an expanded anamnesis triggered by their ambiguous qualities. Anecdotes and elective affinities between art, alchemy and history inspire an open conversation within the projects.

Recent speculative approaches to objects’ studies have explored their qualities in terms of pre- and continuous existence, constant transformation in an infinite chain of connections – taking distance from the idea that all that they are is intelligible to humans. Yet, it is humans producing those very theories. The artist residency, exhibitions, events and symposium in this series outline a complexity linked to the life of objects, articulated by the distorted and fragmentary nature of our perceptual faculties.