The Order of ThingsMikko Kourinki
The desire to classify the world has always been a need for mankind: We collect, reflect and sort the things. Michel Foucault extensively wrote about this phenomena in his book Order of Things - An Archaeology of the Human Sciences, one of the core works that anchor the French Structuralist school of thought.
The Finnish artist Mikko Kuorinki interpreted Foucault`s title literally and put all words of the book in alphabetical order: From A to Zoophytorum. In the tradition of conceptional art, Kuorinki re-ordered knowledge that is already available. He decomposed a text to an alphabetical material – and composed at the same time a new text, which offers us a very unusual view into the thinking of the French philosopher.
10.5 x 17.8cm, softcover, 432pp,
Edition 500 copies, 2012
Design by Astrid Seme, Studio.