Pierre-Damien Huyghe is a philosopher and professor emeritus in aesthetics at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Recent publications: Contre-temps (2017), Sociétés, services, utilités (2018), Vitrines, signaux, logos (2019), Travailler pour nous (2020).
Articles of Pierre-Damien Huyghe
Appareil et caméras chez Vilém Flusser, objections et critique
For Vilém Flusser, apparatus is a term of primary importance. Key to the post-historical age, it tends to designate a programmed functioning within which the players or functionaries, that we will be from now on, are activated. The problem is to define such a notion, Flusser relies on a questionable conception of photography and of the “photographable.” The point of this paper is not to consider, as Flusser puts it, what can be “left for us,” but to consider more optimistically what can be done “with” the new recording devices. Considering that history is not finished, we will propose, following the suggestions of Walter Benjamin, to think of technique as open to a less regulated, freer and potentially more critical understanding.