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Maurizio Lazzarato, Angela Melitopoulos: Maschinischer Animismus
Maschinischer Animismus
(p. 279 – 287)

Maurizio Lazzarato, Angela Melitopoulos

Maschinischer Animismus

Translated by Wilfried Prantner

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  • ethnology
  • spiritism
  • religion
  • anthropology
  • Modernism
  • materialist turn
  • discourse history
  • ritual

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Maurizio Lazzarato

is a Paris-based sociologist and philosopher. During the 1970s Lazzarato studied in Padua. His involvement in the workerist movement and his politically enforced move to Paris remained crucial for his theoretical work as well as for his film co-operations with the artist Angela Melitopolous. During the 1990s Lazzarato was a founding protagonist of the post-workerist discourse concerning the change towards ‘immaterial’ and ‘cognitive’ labour as a paradigm of post-Fordist Western society. His essays have been included in numerous anthologies relating to post-structuralist philosophy as well as to political and economic theory of the present.
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Angela Melitopoulos

is an artist and Professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen. She has produced numerous films and has published articles, both formats realized in close collaboration with the sociologist and philosopher Maurizio Lazzarato. Her main research interests are migration, mobility, collective memory in relation to geography and media representation, and archives. Her work received several awards and was shown in numerous international festivals, exhibitions, and museums such as the Generali Foundation Vienna, the Berlinale, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Antoni Tàpies Foundation Barcelona, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Manifesta 7, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
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Irene Albers (ed.), Anselm Franke (ed.): Animismus

Der »Animismus« ist eine Erfindung der Ethnologie des 19. Jahrhunderts, geprägt auf dem Höhepunkt des europäischen Kolonialismus. Animisten bevölkern die unbelebte Natur mit Seelen und Geistern. Das erklärt man als eine die materielle Realität verkennende »Projektion«, durch die den Dingen und der Natur Leben und Handlungsmacht zugeschrieben wird. Animismus wird so zum Gegenbild moderner Wissenschaft, zum Ausdruck eines »Naturzustands«, in dem Psyche und Natur als ungeschieden gelten. Wenn sich letzthin ein neues Interesse am Animismus herausgebildet hat, liegt das nicht daran, dass der Begriff als wissenschaftliche Kategorie rehabilitiert wurde. Vielmehr ist die kategorische Trennung von subjektiver und objektiver Welt selbst in Bewegung geraten.

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