February 2008

Making Good Speed

Making Good Speed. Everyone tells us to deal with things quickly, but they also tell us to hold back – not to be impetuous, nor yet to wait too long. A missile linked with a sucking-fish can demonstrate this for you: the fish is slow, but arrows fly fast when they leave the shooter’s hand.

– From Andrea Alciato’s Livret des Emblemes (1536) in the French Emblems at Glasgow Collection

Our collective is woven together out of speaking subjects, perhaps, but subjects to which poor objects, our inferior brothers, are attached at all points. By opening up to include objects, the social bond would be less mysterious.

– Bruno Latour, Aramis, or, The Love of Technology (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996), p. viii.