Paul Virilio, Unknown Quantity



From 2002 to 2003, Paul Virilio—urban planner, philosopher, and author of numerous books on the moral, political, and cultural consequences of technology—conceived an exhibition for the Fondation Cartier on the theme of accidents.
The book published for the occasion combines Virilio’s philosophical thoughts with a wide selection of images from the press. Contrary to lapsing into the spectacular or dramatic, it strives to initiate rational reflection on accidents, their genesis and accumulation. This lucid deconstruction of accidents stands in contrast to the blindingly swift technical progress and inventions around us. It marks a pause, a conscious reclaiming of the unthought, the perpetual quickening of things, thus prefiguring a potential Museum of Accidents.

Paul Virilio, Unknown Quantity
Publisher: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 2002
Softback, 22 x 28 cm, 232 pages, 310 color illustrations
Seven texts by Paul Virilio, The Fall by Lebbeus Woods, and Inspired by Evil by Svetlana Alexievich
Interview between Paul Virilio and Svetlana Alexievich for Andrei Ujica’s film Unknown Quantity
French version and English version
Distribution outside of France: Thames & Hudson, London—New York
ISBN: 978-2-7427-3997-1

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