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Reset Modernity!

Bruno Latour with Christophe Leclercq (ed.)
© The MIT Press, ZKM | Center for Art and Media
Type of publication
Exhibition catalog
Publishing house, place
The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA
Author / Editor
Bruno Latour with Christophe Leclercq (ed.)
Physical Description
560 pp., approx. 380 illus., 7 x 10 in, hardcover
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 sort of reset. Not a clean break, not a “tabula rasa,” not another iconoclastic gesture, but rather a restart of the complicated programs that have accumulated in what is often called the “modernist project.” This reset has become all the more urgent now that the ecological mutation is forcing us to reorient ourselves toward an experience of the material world for which we don’t seem to have good recording devices.

This book is first organized around six procedures that might induce readers to reset some of those instruments. Then, once this reset has been completed, readers might be better prepared for a series of new encounters with other cultures. After having been thrown into the modernist maelstrom, those cultures have difficulties as grave as ours in situating themselves within the notion of modernity. It is not impossible that the course of these encounters might be altered after modernizers have reset their own way of recording their experience of the world.

At the intersection of art, philosophy, and anthropology, Reset Modernity! has assembled approximately sixty authors, most of whom have participated in the Inquiry into Modes of Existence initiated by Bruno Latour. Much like the earlier books Iconoclash and Making Things Public, this volume documents and completes what could be called a “thought exhibition”: Reset Modernity! held at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe from April to August 2016. The book, generously illustrated, includes contributions, excerpts, and works from many authors and artists.


Jamie Allen, Terence Blake, Johannes Bruder, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Philip Conway, Michael Cuntz, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Robin de Mourat, Didier Debaise, Gerard de Vries, Philippe Descola, Vinciane Despret, Jean-Michel Frodon, Martin Giraudeau, Sylvain Gouraud, Lesley Green, Martin Guinard, Clive Hamilton, Graham Harman, Antoine Hennion, Andrés Jaque, Pablo Jensen, Bruno Karsenti, Sara Keel, Oleg Kharkhordin, Joseph Leo Koerner, Eduardo Kohn, Bruno Latour, Christophe Leclercq, Vincent Lépinay, James Lovelock, Patrice Maniglier, Claudia Mareis, Claude Marzotto, Kyle McGee, Lorenza Mondada, Pierre Montebello, Stephen Muecke, Cyril Neyrat, Cormac O’Keeffe, Hans Ulrich Obrist, P3G, John Palmesino, Nicolas Prignot, Donato Ricci, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Maia Sambonet, Henning Schmidgen, Isabelle Stengers, Hanna Svensson, Thomas Thwaites, Nynke van Schepen, Consuelo Vásquez, , Peter Weibel, Richard White, Aline Wiame, Jan Zalasiewicz

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