For the Summer 2012 issue of e-flux journal we are very pleased to present a special “Animism” issue guest-edited by Anselm Franke, curator of the exhibition by the same name. Even if you missed Animism on tour in Europe since it began at Extra City and MUHKA in Antwerp in 2010, you have probably learned of its encompassing mobilization of the systems of inclusion and exclusion defining “science” and “culture.” The various stages of the exhibition have shown the discourse of animism to be a crucial skeleton key for releasing the deadlocks formed by the repressed religious, teleological, and colonial foundations of modernity—the hysteria within its narrative that continues to shape the exhibition formats and sensibilities we are tethered to. The fifth iteration of Animism is now on view at e-flux in New York until July 28...

Introduction—“Animism”
Anselm Franke

Reclaiming Animism
Isabelle Stengers

On Animism, Modernity/ Colonialism, and the African Order of Knowledge: Provisional Reflections
Harry Garuba

Darwin’s Dog and the Parasol: Cultural Reactions to Animism
Spyros Papapetros

Animation, De-reification, and the New Charm of the Inanimate
Diedrich Diederichsen

The Stories Things Tell And Why They Tell Them
Michael Taussig

Animism: Notes on an Exhibition
Anselm Franke

Assemblages: Félix Guattari and Machinic Animism
Angela Melitopoulos and Maurizio Lazzarato

Laughing at the Spirits in North Siberia: Is Animism Being Taken too Seriously?
Rane Willerslev

Severo’s Severity and Antolín’s Paradox
Alejandro Haber

Animism in the Sciences Then and Now
Cornelius Borck

“A live monster that is fruitful and multiplies”: Capitalism as Poisoned Rat?
Tom Holert

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