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Ensouled Things

09 | 2016

The product world that surrounds us is 

increasingly anthropomorphic, designed to react and to take decisions. It provokes an animated way of dealing with inanimate objects. Do we have a new form of animism – a kind of techno-animism? What role does design play in this process? Is animatedness a result of design or a situational emergence which originates from the interaction between humans and artifacts? In this anthology, culture and design researchers discuss the extent to which an object can be considered to be ensouled or to possess agency and if technology can be considered to be human-like.


Dörrenbächer, Judith; Plüm Kerstin (Eds): 
Beseelte Dinge. Design aus Perspektive des Animismus. transcript: Bielefeld 2016.


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