Travis Wall

(Sometimes Graphic) Designer. Working on a PhD: Design Thinking +/= Heterogeneous Engineering. General flâneur. Chronic knowledge gatherer.

Location: Sydney, Australia

As engaging and thought provoking as Bruno Latour's texts are, his ideas and thinking can sometimes be more digestible delivered by natural means of audio and visual communication. I've collected some of Latour's more interesting talks into a single place, which sometimes require a little bit more digging to find than a single search on YouTube. Many of these videos take angle at things from his later "modes of existence" work, but the general principles of the actor-network theory that Latour is known for is (arguably) present in everything. A similar compilation is available at Anthem group (The Actor-Network Theory – Heidegger Meeting), although it has not been updated with talks after 2012.

Dave Elder-Vass Disassembling Actor- network Theory 2015

For critical realists, there is one historical past but many theories about it, some of which may be wrong, including some past theories. But for Latour, history itself is also composed of assemblages. A given year in the past, for example, “should be defined along two axes, not only one”— one axis identifying the year to which we are referring and the other the year from which we are referring to it, the year in which our sense of the original year is located. “In this second dimension there is also a portion of what hap- pened in 1864 that is produced after 1864 and made retrospectively part of the ensemble that forms, from then on, the sum of what happened in the year 1864” (Latour 1999c, 172). We find a similar argument in Law’s discussion of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in England in 2001. A later govern- ment report on the outbreak, he says, “helps to enact one kind of foot and mouth 2001 . . . it helps to make the reality of the past” (Law 2009).