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“Making Things Public”

ZKM | Center for Art and Media

The night before my visit to “Making Things Public,” I had a bizarre dream: After a modification in the electoral process, and because the major political parties were not able to come up with a fully legal candidate, the State Assembly, urgently convened, had appointed Bruno Latour, the philosopher and sociologist of science, President of the French Republic! The new chief of state immediately announced a presidential regime change and the inauguration of the Sixth Republic. Another strong decision: He did not appoint a single commerce or finance minister but surrounded himself instead with a circle of economists of various orientations. But the strangest thing was the touching memory of the philosopher-president’s press conferences: Organized in a lecture hall in the École des Mines, France’s prestigious graduate school of science, rather than in the press room at the Elysée Palace,

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