“The Gravity of Things”
              Filipa Ramos
              The principles of OOO—the object-oriented ontology that has emerged within the last decade—are now permeating almost every area of cultural production, structurally redefining the most fundamental relationships between things. In recognizing the agency and independence of all manner of nonhuman entities, and in proposing a system of holding things together that does not depend exclusively on human signification and representational capacities, this metaphysical movement is attempting to rebalance human and nonhuman rankings to fascinating egalitarian possibilities. The Gravity of Things, an exhibition curated by Chris Sharp (who is, full disclosure, a regular art-agenda contributor) at Galeria Quadrado Azul, appears to be one of the most noteworthy engagements with this theoretical frame. It posits that things—all matter of things, such as an ant, a wardrobe, a leaf, or a person—are much more than a mere support of a human’s projection of meanings, intentions, or signs, and that they rather ought to be considered in light of the relations and processes that they give rise to, as well as for how they entangle matter and meaning. The way in which things have a certain gravity that organizes, bends, and shapes the space around them is clear even before entering the exhibition. Walking across the …

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