tranzit.cz cordially invites you to
book launch, film projection and Christmas party
Bruno Latour – Stopovat a skládat světy s Brunem Latourem: Výbor z textů 1998 – 2013[Tracing and composing worlds with Bruno Latour: Selected texts 1998-2013]
navigation series, volume #0017, editor Tereza Stöckelová, translated from the French and English original by Čestmír Pelikán, photography / artistic intervention by Pavel Sterec, published by tranzit.cz, 2016.
Pavel Sterec, Tereza Stöckelová
Družstva života / Vital Syndicates, 2016
35 min, digital video, audio
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The book of texts by Bruno Latour captures the author's thought spanning the focus of his research, from studies of science and technology, via an analysis of the nature of representation in art and religion to his most recent texts dealing with global warming or science and politics in the anthropocene age, in which humanity is becoming the key geological agent on Earth. It is precisely this broad focus that makes Bruno Latour one of the key figures in the contemporary social sciences and a source of inspiration for artistic projects.
The video essay by Pavel Sterec and Tereza Stöckelová entitled Družstva života (Vital Syndicates) examines themes of contemporary biology such as the interconnectedness of organisms and the fluidity of the genome. Studies of the microbiome, parasitic symbiosis or horizontal transmission of genes are shifting the biological view of reality from a focus on pure forms of life to diverse collectivities, unexpected correlations and de-hierarchisation. The film attempts to examine and convey these shifts beyond the boundaries of the academic sphere, thereby stimulating a new contemplation of our political ordering beyond the human.
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Bruno Latour (born 1947, France) is engaged in the fields of philosophy, sociology, history and the anthropology of science. Between 1982 and 2006 he was a professor at the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation at the École de Mines de Paris, and a visiting professor at the UC San Diego, London School of Economics and Harvard University. Since 2006, during his employment at Science Po Paris he has created the study programme Experimentation in Arts and Politics (SPEAP).
Pavel Sterec (born 1985, Prague) studied at a number of studios at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, and later during his doctoral studies at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. His work is thematically and methodically interdisciplinary, and frequently connects to other figures – artists, scientists and activist collectives in the form of temporary alliances and long-term friendships and aversions. At present Sterec is working as a lecturer at the Intermedia Studio at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Brno University of Technology.
Tereza Stöckelová (born 1977, Prague) is a sociologist. She is involved in the study of science, medicine and politics in their diverse forms. Since 2006 she has been employed at the Sociological Institute at the Czech Academy of Sciences, and since 2011 has been teaching at the Department of General Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University.
13.12. 2016, 7 pm
Book launch and film projection:
tranzitdisplay, Dittrichova 9, Prague
During the book launch the publication shall be available for sale at the special price of CZK 170.
13.12. 2016, 9 pm
Podskalský Sklípek Dr. Emila Holuba, Rašínovo nábřeží 48, Prague 2 (change of venue reserved).
You are cordially invited!