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Serres, Michel [*1930]

Let us define two things and clearly distinguish them from one another: first the hard, and second the soft. By the first I mean on the one hand solid residues, liquids, and gases, emitted throughout the atmosphere by big industrial companies or gigantic garbage dumps, the shameful signature of big cities. By the second, tsunamis of writing, signs, images, and logos flooding rural, civic, public, and natural spaces as well as landscapes with their advertising. Even though different in terms of energy, garbage and marks nevertheless result from the same soiling gesture, from the same intention to appropriate, and are of animal origin. To be sure, the pestilential invasion of space by soft signs does not enter into the physical and chemical calculations mentioned above, for instance those concerning climate. But in combination with hard pollution, soft pollution proceeds from the same drive. Here is the result: of course, pollution comes from measurable residues of the work and transformations related to energy, but fundamentally it emanates from our will to appropriate, our desire to conquer and expand the space of our properties. He who creates viscous and poisoned lakes or garish posters is making sure no one will take away the spaces he has occupied, now or after he is gone. [...} — Michel Serres, Malfeasance

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Serres, Michel · Biogea. University of Minnesota Press (2012)
Serres, Michel · Malfeasance. Appropriation Through Pollution? Stanford University Press (2011) | sup.org
Serres, Michel · Elemente einer Geschichte der Wissenschaften (1995)
Serres, Michel · Die fünf Sinne. Eine Philosophie der Gemenge und Gemische (1998) · [Foto]
Serres, Michel · Der Parasit (1981)
Serres, Michel · Hermes: literature, science, philosophy. Johns Hopkins University Press (1982)
Serres, Michel [with Bruno Latour] · Conversations on Science, Culture, and Time (1995)
Abbas, Niran (Edited) · Mapping Michel Serres. University of Michigan Press (2005)

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