A matter of force

October 18, 2012

Matter contains a force, an energy they say.

But are we always affected by every matters energy all the time? Do we read matter like books every second of every day? Is it not only force and energy we read, but movements. Does every matter have its own movement? What makes many of us leave some matter to enjoy other kinds of matter? Like leaving a surrounding full of matter strongly controlled and designed by mankind to go to a surrounding full of matter strongly controlled and designed by nature. What is it that we, mankind, bake into the matter? Do we get sick of the shape of the matter telling us how to use it? Do we need some matter to just be. Is the matter full of values, feelings and the creator’s power?

If we are able to find out exactly what energy and movement a matter contains and how it effects people, are we ready to carry the responsibility of using that knowledge?

/Hanna Wikström

Reading:
Jane Bennett, ‘Preface’; and ‘The Agency of Assemblages’, in Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010.

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