Benjamin Bratton: There Never Was a Horizon: On Virilio and the Architectures of Planetarity

From Our Shifting Ground Is Written in the Cloud

Benjamin Bratton is an architectural and design theorist and Professor of Philosophy of Digital Design at the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland. In this June 2019 public lecture for students in the Division of Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought, Bratton considers polity and technology via Paul Virilio’s insistence on the primacy of ground, land, bunkers, barriers, and horizons. The Horizon appears for Virilio as “an illusion of ground and an artifact of the particular anthropocentric perceptual position … all horizons are false horizons.” Bratton offers instead the entanglement of the human and the artificial which constantly makes and remakes perspectives of the world that are altogether alien.

October 5, 2019

The European Graduate School

Curated by

João Enxuto and Erica Love