This book opens the way to rethinking technology beyond Gestell, by exploring the obscure paths of the experience of art.
— Augustin Berque, author of Thinking Through Landscape
Following closely on the heels of Recursivity and Contingency (2019), a masterful treatise on cybernetics and German Idealism, Art and Cosmotechnics attempts to excavate once more the speculative role the arts might play in fostering experimental modes of philosophical and scientific thought.
— Los Angeles Review of Books
Art and Cosmotechnics is a must-read…to unlock the transformative potential of art vis-à-vis technologies.
Yuk Hui has played a key role in creating a framework within which current art-historical discourse regarding this vital subject can thrive.
Art and Cosmotechnics presents itself as a ingenious articulation of Hui’s main philosophical influences, culminating in an original and elaborate proposal about central themes in the history of thought. [Arte e Cosmotécnica se apresenta como uma engenhosa articulação das principais influências filosóficas de Hui, culminando em uma original e elaborada proposta acerca de temas centrais na história do pensamento.]
—Cadernos PET Filosofia
In light of current discourses on AI and robotics, what do the various experiences of art contribute to the rethinking of technology today?
Charting a course through Greek tragic thought, cybernetic logic, and the aesthetics of Chinese landscape painting (山水, shanshui— mountain and water painting), Art and Cosmotechnics addresses the challenge to art and philosophy posed by contemporary technological transformation. How might a renewed understanding of the varieties of experience of art be possible in the face of discourses surrounding artificial intelligence and robotics? Departing from Hegel’s thesis on the end of art and Heidegger’s assertion of the end of philosophy, Art and Cosmotechnics travels an unfamiliar trajectory of thought to arrive at a new relation between art and technology.
Table of Content
Introduction. On the Education of Sensibility
§1. THE HISTORICAL PSYCHOLOGY OF THE TRAGIC COSMOS
§2. THE RECURSIVE LOGIC OF TRAGIC ART
§3. VARIETIES OF EXPERIENCE OF ART
§4. DAOIST VS. TRAGIST COSMOTECHNICS
§5. THE OVERTAKING OF RECURSIVE MACHINES
§6. AFTER EUROPE, ART AND PHILOSOPHY
Chapter 1. World and Earth
§7. ART AFTER THE END OF PHILOSOPHY
§8. THE OTHER BEGINNING THROUGH ART
§9. TRUTH IN THE ARTIFICIAL
§10. THINKING AND PAINTING
§11. ART AND THE COSMIC
§12. EPISTEMOLOGY OF THE UNKNOWN
Chapter 2. Mountain and Water
§13. VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE: NOTES ON PHENOMENOLOGY
§14. FIRST ATTEMPT CONCERNING SHANSHUI: LOGIC
§14.1. THE CONCEPT OF XIANG AND XING
§14.2. THE LOGIC OF XUAN: OPPOSITIONAL CONTINUITY
§14.3. THE RECURSIVITY OF XUAN: OPPOSITIONAL UNITY
§14.4. THE COSMIC AND THE MORAL
§15. THE REALM OF THE NOUMENON
§16. SENSING AND RESONATING
Chapter 3. Art and Automation
§17. THE STATUS OF MACHINE INTELLIGENCE TODAY
§18. THE LIMIT OF ORGANICISM
§19. THE INCOMPUTABLE AND THE INCALCULABLE
§20. INTELLIGENCE, REASON, AND INTUITION
§21. SECOND ATTEMPT CONCERNING SHANSHUI: PLACE
§21.1. THE BASHO OF SHANSHUI
§21.2. EMPLACING IN BASHO AS RESITUATING
§21.3. SPACE AND PLACE
§22. ART AS EPISTEMIC REVOLUTION