SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION
Timothy Morton: Subscendence
26 February 2015 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
We have all heard of transcendence. But what about the inverse, where something shrinks into its component pieces in such a way that the whole is always less than the sum of its parts? In this talk Morton explains why this new concept is very useful for thinking ecological beings. In an ecological world, beings are necessarily fragile and incomplete, even the massive ones. And all kinds of contemporary phenomena (megacities, global warming), the hyperobjects, are subscendent in precisely this way.