• 00:16 Introduction
  • 08:48 Nabil Ahmed: Arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh
  • 15:32 Forensic Architecture
  • 17:13 Arsenic in the history of toxicology
  • 23:36 The devil in the water
  • 24:55 How arsenic poisoned the water
  • 26:31 Perspectivism
  • 29:42 A pharmakon par excellence
  • 35:17 Arie Altena: The Kola Superdeep Borehole
  • 39:07 Yuri Smirnov and the legacy of the Kola Superdeep
  • 40:57 The well to hell myth
  • 47:37 Excerpt of Vilém Flusser’s 'Vampyroteuthis Infernalis', read by AGF (Antye Greie-Ripatti)
25/11/2015 70' 56''
Sealed top of the Kola borehole, by Rakot13

Produced in collaboration with Sonic Acts/Dark Ecology. Curated by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros.

This podcast is about objects, but more importantly, it is about some of the recent theories that offer new conceptualisations of objects in contemporary philosophy and art. In this episode, we go underground, but also under water, where development clashes with strange hyperobjects such as poison, where geology meets politics, where horror meets daily life.

OBJECTHOOD #4 explores the slippery materiality of untraceable objects: from the arsenic poisoning the wells of Bangladesh as told by Nabil Ahmed, to Arie Altena's account of the superstition surrounding the Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia, or the bizarre biology of the vampire squid from hell in a passage of Vilém Flusser’s ‘Vampyroteuthis Infernalis’ read by AGF.

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