Last week at the Purdue Aesthetics Conference I spoke of four object-oriented thinkers who employ food references to demonstrate their defense of object wonder, vitality, complexity and gravity. Ian Bogost’s pound cake shows us complex “alien” encounters that yield a pound cake. He compares Alton Brown and Duff Goldman’s approach to cake baking. Jane Bennett’s… Read More Eating Object-Oriented Thinking
You know that moment of pause in front of a beautiful plate of food when we think……wow! This is too pretty to eat. What is that pause about? It doesn’t stop me from consuming and dismantling a beautiful banana split. Is that pause a moment of appreciation and recognition? Is attractive plating in fancy restaurants… Read More Too Pretty to Eat?
Philosopher Levi Bryant’s Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Media presents us with multiple examples of how things (machines) exercise power over us and the world. Here are three food examples from the book: We go to the grocer and buy a roasted chicken, believing that there is nothing social about this relation insofar as… Read More Mapping Roasted Chicken, Big Mac and Rice Relations