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Bruno Latour

Ein Portrait des Philosophen Bruno Latour.
Year of birth, place
1947, Beaune, France
lives and works in
Paris, France

Bruno Latour is professor at Sciences Po Paris and director of the TARDE program (Theory of Actornetwork and Research in Digital Environments). From 1982 to 2006 he was professor at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation (CSI) at the École nationale supérieure des mines in Paris and, for various periods, visiting professor at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. In addition to work in philosophy, history, sociology, and anthropology of science, he has collaborated on many studies in science policy and research management. He has published various books and articles, including: »Laboratory Life. The Construction of Scientific Facts« (Princeton University Press, 1986), »Science in Action« (1987), »The Pasteurization of France« (1988), »Pandora’s Hope. Essays in the Reality of Science Studies« (1999), »We Have Never Been Modern« (1993, all with Harvard University Press), »Reassembling the Social. An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory« (Oxford University Press, 2005), »On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods« (Duke University Press, 2010). Together with Peter Weibel he curated the major exhibitions »Iconoclash. Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion and Art« (2002) and »Making Things Public. The Atmospheres of Democracy« (2005) at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, both accompanied by comprehensive publications with The MIT Press. In 2013 he received the Holberg Prize.

[Last update: August 2015]

  • Ein weißes Buchcover mit schwarzer Schrift und einem schwarzen Quadrat.
    • Felix Mittelberger, Sebastian Pelz, Margit Rosen and Anselm Franke (Eds.)
    • Maschinensehen
    • Spector Books, Leipzig, 2013
    • Exhibition catalog, Anthology
    • Language: German
    • Countless camera eyes and sensors are trained on the world today. They capture land masses and seafloors, the surfaces of plants, the bodies of humans and animals, and the composition of the atmosphere. Complex computation processes translate the...

  • Cover der Publikation »Making Things Public«
    • Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • Making Things Public
    • MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2005
    • Exhibition catalog, Anthology
    • Language: English
    • “Back to things!” – This is the new motto of what Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel call an “object-oriented democracy”. For the more than 100 writers, artists, and philosophers assembled in this groundbreaking editorial and curatorial project,...

  • Cover der Publikation »Making Things Public«
  • Cover der Publikation »Von der Realpolitik zur Dingpolitik«
    • Bruno Latour
    • Von der Realpolitik zur Dingpolitik
    • Merve, Berlin, 2005
    • Monograph
    • Language: German
    • DING, n.

      1. "in der weitesten, unbegrenzten bedeutung begreift es ebenso das sinnlich bemerkbare, als das übersinnliche, das gedachte."

      [Bearbeiter: Wilhelm Grimm]

  • Cover der Publikation »05-03-44. Liebesgrüsse aus Odessa«
    • Ecke Bonk, Peter Gente and Margit Rosen (Eds.)
    • 05-03-44. Liebesgrüsse aus Odessa
    • Merve, Berlin, 2004
    • Anthology, Festschrift
    • Language: German and English
    • Peter Weibel zum 60. Geburtstag. 72 Beiträge dokumentieren die Vielfalt der Tätigkeiten Peter Weibels.

  • Cover der Publikation »Iconoclash«
    • Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • Iconoclash. Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion, and Art
    • MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2002
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: English
    • This book is a most comprehensive anthology about the image wars, as it joins for the first time different cultures from West to East, different epochs from Middle Ages to modernism, different practices from science to art, in the search for an...

  • Cover der Publikation »Bruno Latour: Iconoclash«
    • Bruno Latour
    • Iconoclash. Gibt es eine Welt jenseits des Bilderkrieges?
    • Merve, Berlin, 2002
    • Monograph
    • Language: German
    • Ikonoklastische Gesten

      • Typ A der Bildstürmer ist gegen alle Bilder. 
      • Typ B ist gegen das Einfrieren von Bildern, nicht gegen Bilder. 
      • Typ C ist nicht gegen Bilder, sondern gegen die Bilder der Gegner. 
      • Typ D...
  • Cover der Publikation »Iconoclash. Jenseits der Bilderkriege in Wissenschaft, Religion und Kunst«
  • Im Weltraum schwebt eine Planet in Form einer Welle. In ihr befinden sich ein Reh und zwei Jungen. Ein Junge blickt suchend durch ein Fernrohr.
  • Das Buchcover von »Global Activism« zeigt ein Foto: Ein Mann kniet auf der Strasse und macht mit beiden Händen das Victory-Zeichen. Er blickt auf eine Truppe uniformierter Männer.
    • Peter Weibel (ed.)
    • Global Activism
    • The MIT Press, Cambridge/Mass., 2015
    • Exhibition catalog, Anthology
    • Language: English
    • Today political protest often takes the form of spontaneous, noninstitutional, mass action. Mass protests during the Arab Spring showed that established systems of power—in that case, the reciprocal support among Arab dictators and Western...

  • Cover der Zeitschrift »Kunstforum«: Zwei Personen stehen vor einer Projektion, die Sonnenerruptionen zeigt.
  • Foto des Buchs »Reset Modernity!«
    • Bruno Latour with Christophe Leclercq (ed.)
    • Reset Modernity!
    • The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2016
    • Exhibition catalog, Anthology
    • Language: English
    • Modernity has had so many meanings and combines so many contradictory sets of attitudes and values that it has become impossible to use it to define the future. It crashes like an overloaded computer. Hence the idea is that modernity might need a...

  • Cover der Broschuere »Reset Modernity«: Schrift auf rotem Grund
    • Reset Modernity! Field Book
    • ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, 2016
    • Exhibition brochure
    • Language: German and English
    • How to use this field book

      This field book will be your companion throughout your visit.  The path through the show is divided into six procedures, each allowing for a partial reset.  Each page has a letter corresponding to one of these...

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