In Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing, Ian Bogost develops an object-oriented ontology that puts things at the center of being—a philosophy in which nothing exists any more or less than anything else, in which humans are elements but not the sole or even primary elements of philosophical interest. And unlike experimental phenomenology or the philosophy of technology, Bogost’s alien phenomenology takes for granted that all beings interact with and perceive one another. This experience, however, withdraws from human comprehension and becomes accessible only through a speculative philosophy based on metaphor.”

Bogost, Ian. Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing. Univ Of Minnesota Press, 2012.

Metonymy or Metaphor…or both?

Metonymy or Metaphor…or both?

[well designed buildings] are inherently metaphorical… metaphor in architecture is neither optional nor conventional. It is a way of showing – articulating – what the building does…

David Leatherbarrow, Architecture Oriented Otherwise p40.

Do you agree?

Beatriz Ramo on Metaphor and Storefront:

Art is not a metaphor upon the relationship of human beings to objects & objects to objects in relation to human beings but a representation of an empirical existing fact.

Lawrence Weiner

See Lawrence Weiner’s 5 Figures of Structure, 1987 here.

Stonehenge: “Like giant teeth in the gums of the earth” - the Stonehenge audio tour guide.

Stonehenge: “Like giant teeth in the gums of the earth” - the Stonehenge audio tour guide.

highfalutin quip

"Sociality is the capacity of being several things at once."

- George Herbert Mead

Max Ernst, A Week of Kindness, The Court of the Dragon. (Musée d’Orsay)

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