From the representation of the “images of the world” to the “ontic creations” of the “age of total design”

An evermore pervasive contemporary technoscience brings into question that which was considered, throughout modernity, the “image of the world”. The present paper departs from Hermínio Martins’ analysis of Western thought on the domain of nature, or to be precise, its prometheic and faustian conceptions, to focus on the fact that beyond the alienation that has allowed humankind to know and conceive things (homo faber), and therefore create “images of the world”, we find ourselves to be on the verge of a world populated by new “ontic creations”, or to put it in other way, of a world potentially and wholly redesignable (total design). It is bioart, the branch of contemporary art which is interested in scientific methods such as biotechnology, that better reveals this very paradigm within the laboratory: the emergence of a “quasi-nature”, exposing at the same time man as “the” creator (homo creator).

Year 2011
Type Journal Article without peer review
Publication Revista de Comunicação e Linguagens, Nº41
Pages 201-209
Publisher CECL e Relógio D’Água Editores
Local Lisboa
Ed/Org José Bártolo (org.)
Language Português