[spectre] The Interfact by Gabriel Yoran - new open access book from Open Humanities Press

Gary Hall mail at garyhall.info
Mon Oct 25 13:15:13 CEST 2021

Open Humanities Press is pleased to announce the publication of The 
Interfact: On Structure and Compatibility in Object-Oriented Ontology by 
Gabriel Yoran

Like all Open Humanities Press books, The Interfact is available to 
download for free:


Objects in object-oriented ontology (OOO) are mysterious and 
inexhaustible entities. But since OOO grants ontological priority to 
objects, it should have an easy time referring to objects. But this is 
not the case.

In /The Interfact/, Yoran researches the question of how OOO refers to 
an object’s haecceity, its ‘thisness.’ He starts with an investigation 
into OOO’s eponymous practice, object-oriented programming (OOP) and 
identifies not just a plethora of parallels, but finds OOP’s concept of 
interfaces (as structured ways of object confrontation in time) a 
promising tool to describe both the rift between all objects and their 
relative stability.

Yoran then extends Harman’s fourfold diagrams to reflect the linkages 
between fourfolds, revealing that objects necessarily are parts of other 
objects. This phenomenon, which he calls out-of-phase objects, reveals 
links to Simondon’s notion of compatibilisation.

Yoran argues that objects are necessarily integrated into a fabric of 
interconnected fourfolds as well as component-compound relations. This 
structure solves the problem of object identification, by recognizing 
the object-fourfolds as overlaps, a mutually stabilizing structure which 
allows for reproducible object confrontation in time, or facts.

‘The complexity of the ideas in this book are challenging to the 
intellect, just as the argument itself represents a worthy challenge to 
some well-regarded philosophical positions. One of the most exciting 
things about this argument is that it takes seriously the ways in which 
object-oriented programming can inform object-oriented philosophy, and 
vice-versa, demonstrating significant, practical connections between the 
two. -/Noah Roderick/, author of /The Being of Analogy/

The Interfact is published in our New Metaphysics series, which is 
edited by Graham Harman and Bruno Latour:


Author Bio

Gabriel Yoran received his PhD on Speculative Realism at the European 
Graduate School. Previously, he studied Social and Economic 
Communications at the Berlin University of the Arts. He is co-founder of 
several digital companies (Steady, Steganos, aka-aki) and works at the 
intersection of computer science and philosophy. He contributed “Applied 
Metaphysics – Objects in Object-Oriented Ontology and Object-Oriented 
Programming” to the Interface Critique Journal and “Interface kaputt – 
Cyborgism and Object-Oriented Philosophy” to the volume /Interface 
Critique/, published at Kadmos. For more information on his work see 
yoran.com <https://yoran.com>

Other recent titles from Open Humanities Press include:

La magie réaliste: objets, ontologie et causalité by**Timothy Morton: 

hyposubjects: on becoming human**by Timothy Morton and Dominic Boyer: 

Psychopolitical Anaphylaxis: Steps Towards a Metacosmics by Daniel Ross: 

A Stubborn Fury: How Writing Works in Elitist Britain by Gary Hall: 

Aesthetic Programming: A Handbook of Software Studies by Winnie Soon and 
Geoff Cox: 

Gary Hall
Professor of Media
Director of the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Institute for Creative Cultures, Coventry University:



Book (open access): A Stubborn Fury: How Writing Works in Elitist Britain:

Journal article (open access): 'Pluriversal Socialism - The Very Idea': http://journalcontent.mediatheoryjournal.org/index.php/mt/article/view/126

Chapter (open access): ‘Postdigital Politics’, in Cornelia Sollfrank, Shuhsa Niederberger and Felix Stalder, eds, Aesthetics of the Commons:

Video: 'Can We Unlearn Liberal Individualism: Gary Hall in Conversation with Carolina Rito About A Stubborn Fury: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CQiRCib_AU

Podcasts: 'Writing Against Elitism with "A Stubborn Fury"': https://anchor.fm/aposthumanities/episodes/S2E6-Gary-Hall-Writing-against-elitism-with-A-Stubborn-Fury-e166bip

'The Uberfication of the University - with Gary Hall': https://soundcloud.com/user-230862454/the-uberfication-of-the-university

Blog post: 'Combinatorial Books - Gathering Flowers', with Janneke Adema and Gabriela Méndez Cota: https://copim.pubpub.org/pub/combinatorial-books-gathering-flowers-part-i/release/1

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