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INTERTWINING #1: Letter from the Editors

Alessandro Gattara, Sarah Robinson, Davide Ruzzon   Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature. Paul Valéry   We want to move beyond thinking of architecture as an object. Architecture is not separate from us- it is not something to be judged merely by its formal properties, its satisfaction of programmatic concerns or its performance in terms of technical parameters. We are not dismissing the importance of these factors but wish to enrich them, to understand and articulate how architecture... Read more →

ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF SPACE

An excerpt from the chapter ‘ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF SPACE’ of the book ‘Public Space. Henri Lefebvre and Beyond’ by Angela D’Ascoli     Change life!’ ‘Change society!’ These precepts mean nothing without the production of an appropriate space […] To change life […] we must first change space. Henri Lefebvre   The building–dwelling–thinking conceptual triptych that Martin Heidegger (2000) consecrated in the above-mentioned illustrious conference is by no means unprecedented in modern times. In fact, the practice of dwelling has always represented a subject of considerable debate among human... Read more →

GENERATING POSSIBILITIES, TOGETHER

An excerpt from the chapter ‘Generating Possibilities, Together’ of the book ‘Vulnerability As Generativity’  by Cristiana Ottaviano and Alessia Santambrogio   The path we have taken so far has led us to address a number of issues we would now like to briefly recapitulate before moving on. We have explored the topic of female generativity in relation to a fundamental issue in Gender Studies: that one of motherhood as an experience that gives significance to the feminine and, at the same time, is an instrument of patriarchy through which women... Read more →

Montesquieu’s Stoicism

An excerpt from the chapter ‘The turning-point: the Treatise on Duties or Montesquieu’s Stoicism’ of the book ‘Montesquieu: An Introduction. A Universal Mind for a Universal Science of Political-legal Systems’ by Domenico Felice If I knew something useful  to me, and harmful to my family,  I would reject it from my mind.  If I knew something useful to my family and not to my Country,  I would try to forget it.  If I knew of something useful to my Country  and harmful to Europe, or useful to Europe  and harmful... Read more →

Relations. Ontology And Philosophy Of Religion

Introduction of the book Relations. Ontology And Philosophy Of Religion Edited by Daniele Bertini and Damiano Migliorini (1)     1. Once again: why relations? ‘The question of relations is one of the most important that arise in philosophy, as most other issues turn on it: monism and pluralism […]; idealism and realism, in some of their forms; perhaps the very existence of philosophy as subject distinct from science and possessing a method of its own’. (2) This observation by Russell – which echoes his well-known discussion with the idealist... Read more →

ON Self-employMENT: AN EXCERPT FROM SERGIO BOLOGNA’S NEW BOOK

Introduction of  ‘The Rise of the European Self-employed Workforce’ by Sergio Bologna There are different ways to read these essays, which were written over the course of the last 20 years with the specific intention of creating a cultural identity of freelancers in the digital era, those that we call “second-generation independent workers”. A simpler and perhaps also the most appropriate way to understand the sense of them is to read these texts as the documentation of a historical process that began in the 1920s and has not yet been... Read more →

DISLOCATIONS BY LORENA PRETA

An excerpt from ‘Dislocations’, introduction of the book ‘Dislocated Subject’  by Lorena Preta (Dislocated Subject, 2018, Mimesis International) “A stamping ground for wild asses” There are historical times where cultural paradigms and different behavior models seem to contrast, as if each represented a true alternative to the one preceding it, so marking a definitive and radical change. These different facets offered by reality may be considered as violent contrapositions of the preceding establishment, or on the other hand, it may be denied that they be representative of anything new and... Read more →

Wearable, haptic and multisensorial technological devices by Federico Giordano

                                        An extract from the chapter “’Touch me, Hit Me, Kill Me’! Wearable, Haptic and Multisensorial Devices as Tools for a New Bodily Spectatorship” of the book Body Images in the Post-Cinematic Scenario. The Digitization of Bodies (Milano-Udine, Mimesis International, 2018), edited by Alberto Brodesco and Federico Giordano. Wearable, haptic and multisensorial technological devices represent a significant shift in how corporeal experiences may take place in the field of media, no longer exclusively addressed to the sense of sight, but engaging the whole system of human senses, modifying the conventional,... Read more →

Critique of Aesthetic Capitalism: a short interview with Gernot Bohme

Gernot Böhme, author of the book Critique of Aesthetic Capitalism (2017, Mimesis International), in conversation with Tonino Griffero,  Director of the book series Atmospheric Spaces Tonino Griffero: What is the range of influence of Aesthetic Economy on our society? Does it really affect our daily life? Gernot Böhme: Yes, indeed, it is mainly a matter of everyday life. The main part of industrial production is not for basic needs, but it meets – or even supports – our desires. Our environment today is no longer – as Heidegger called it ­–... Read more →

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