Atmospheres

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 →

Situations and atmospheres in organizations. A (new) phenomenology of being-in-the-organization

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Although situations and atmospheres are omnipresent in organizations and have a significant influence on the behaviour of the members of the organization, they are only seldom regarded as relevant research subjects in management and organization research and systematically investigated. This book enters unknown territory in that it elevates situations and atmospheres to the most fundamental and everyday features of being-in-the-organization and investigates their development dynamics systematically. The new phenomenology of the German philosopher Hermann Schmitz, and critical supplements from his follower, Guido Rappe, serve as the theoretical foundation of the... Read more →

Critique of aesthetic capitalism

Aesthetic Economy is a theory of the recent development of capitalism in our national economies. Basic needs are easily satisfied and, as a result, most commodities are no longer intended for consumption, but for the staging of our lives. That is, they are used to produce atmospheres. Applications of the theory are found wherever staging is performed: in commodity aesthetics, in marketing, as well as in the sphere of production. As to technology, we find a turn from useful to joyful technology. And the technology of entertainment has become a... Read more →

 
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