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The order of things

Mikko Kuorinki
An Archaeology of the Human Sciences
The Finnish artist Mikko Kuorinki interpreted Foucault`s The Order of Things literally and put all the words of the book in alphabetical order: From A to Zoophytorum.

 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 ZoophytorumIn the tradition of conceptional art, Kuorinki reordered 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.