“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, March 7, 2015

"Leave it to the lady herself to bring it"

From NME's excellent review. They nailed the vibe:

Leave it to the lady herself to bring it. A magical booklet of emails between Björk and philosopher Timothy Morton is a wild, wonderful conversation full of epiphanies and sympathies, incorporating Michael Jackson, daft goths and the vibration of subatomic particles in its dizzying leaps, alive with the thrill of falling in love with someone’s brain.

Björk and I are both so proud of what we did!

And from The Mouth magazine:

an extended and intimate e-mail conversation between Björk and the philosophy / ecology writer Timothy Morton, which gives valuable insight into the progressive intelligence characterising her concepts.

And from The 405 magazine:

This volume is perhaps the most fascinating piece here (though both Dibben and Ross' essays are incredibly interesting as well) due to the fact that it explores ideas that have been at the root of many of Björk's more recent albums. Morton, an academic who has written on philosophy and a leading promoter of object-oriented ontology (OOO), makes for a unique correspondent and along with Björk takes their discussion into thought-provoking and mind-boggling territory. OOO is a philosophy that believes that non-human elements are as rich and alive as we are and, furthermore, influence each other in what is referred to as a "sensual, molten ether".


Anonymous said...

Brain Wave Synthesis, for academic ecology writer, experimental/electronic musician, laptop computers, electrons, OOO, digital samplers, art materials...etc...?

Le vent fripon said...

This is amazing. I was having a conversation about meta-ethics with my uncle, examining the problem whether there are objective moral values or not. He thinks that right and wrong are actually part of nature. I realised that the idea that there is no such thing as nature is related to the idea that morals are somehow natural. So, maybe you can help me out. What is the status of morality, if we are students of OOO?