# 107 | Jean Rouch and the Gay Science of Things | Clara Pacquet

Jean Rouch discovered the rituals of possession among the Songhai populations of Niger when he was a colonial public-works engineer before quitting that job to devote his life to research.  He began filming in order to document ceremonies during which things are “activators of affects” for purposes of healing.  Clara Pacquet notes the correspondences ...

#103 | Technological Statuary on Extraterrestrial Ground | Elsa De Smet

Considering a rocket as a gigantic thing, this object refers us back to the history of science and technology.  But Elsa De Smet also describes it in industrial and political terms.  Then, before being something really constructed, it was a prominent fantasy and, necessarily, a representation—in its own way, a “still life.” Laurence Bertrand Dorléac Technological ...

# 102 | The Albums of Yoko Ono | Prudence Bidet

Prudence Bidet studies the albums of Yoko Ono, who mixes everything together: music, politics, and autobiography. Less studied than the rest of her creative work, these singular objects, especially her first solo albums, contain strong symbolic charges while displaying her desire for liberation.  In her fourth album, in particular, Feeling the Space (1973), she ...

# 100 | Things in the Museum | David Guillet

Museums are not self-evident entities.  David Guillet, who has experience thereof, reflects on the status of things—drawings, for example—whose complexity, materiality, and multiple qualities, as well as their diversity of significations, he wishes to grasp. He isolates problems without concealing the limits encountered by visitors when offered only a linear path through a museum’s collections.  ...