Cosmotechnics concerns the tripartite relationship between the human, the technical, and the heavenly domains. Recently, this relationship has been forced back into critical discussion, thanks primarily to the ecological crisis we face today. With this ecology in mind, Omar Nasim, Professor for the History of Science at the University of Regensburg (Germany), wants to ask about the history of astrophotography and its cosmotechnics. What does the entanglement of these three domains mean in the case of astrophotography, particularly when it comes to its historical practices and materials? Beyond the question of aesthetics, Omar Nasim wants to understand the agency of these in the context of doing science that is not just heavenly but also technical and human. What is brought into focus by these considerations is a tension in how we are to understand history itself.
CONFERENCE IN ENGLISH
ASTROGRAPHIC APPARATUS HENRY, OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS, CRÉDIT: ETH-BIBLIOTHEK ZÜRICH, BILDARCHIV / ANS