Publisher Note

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 The 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 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.

Artists’ Book

The Order of Things:

— An Archaeology of the Human Sciences

by Mikko Kuorinki

Release Date 2012
Designer: Astrid Seme
Artist: Mikko Kuorinki
Printrun 500
Topics Conceptual Art
Methods Text
Dimensions 10.5 × 17.8 × 2.0 cm
Pages 432