The Vibrancy Effect

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With: Andrew Pickering, Timothy Lenoir, Tagny Duff, Sundar SarukkaiDmitry Gelfand, Evelina Domnitch, Arjen Mulder, Sally Jane Norman, Peter Cariani, Mariam Fraser, Maurizio MartinucciJoel Ryan, Tomasz Jaskiewicz, Harry Smoak and Chris Salter.


Edited by Harry SmoakChris Salter and Michel van Dartel.


As techno-science increasingly reaches into every aspect of life, formerly fast held distinctions between the inert and the active, the human and non-human and life and matter are cracking. From biotechnical engineering to the cataclysmic imminence of climate change, our very notions of what and how we consider life are under fire. What are the ethical, aesthetic and political stakes in understanding a world view in which humans are no longer at the centre? 


The Vibrancy Effect originates from a closed expert meeting organized by V2_ and Chris Salter that brought together artists, social scientists, natural scientists and humanities experts to explore the question of what matter does, to us and the world, and to bridge the gap between different disciplines conceptualizing and working with new notions of ‘vibrant materiality’ (Jane Bennett) and ‘material agency’ (Andrew Pickering).