Coleman Gariety to present "Heidegger in the Night Kitchen" at the "What Is Universe?" Conference, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon
OICR special student Coleman Gariety will present his paper "Heidegger in the Night Kitchen" at the "What Is Universe?" Conference, sponsored by the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, April 19-21, 2018. In this work, Gariety explores the role of the apparatus in the work of artist Maurice Sendak (in particular, the elaborate culinary machines of The Night Kitchen) through Martin Heidegger's phenomenological theory of World and D.W. Winnicott's psychoanalytic theory of Self. Specifically, he employs these theories as methods for investigating the means by which the child, in striving to develop a capacity for Going-on-being-toward-death, attempts to protect his own meaningful world from the bizarre, indifferent World of the (adult) Other. If the technological apparatus is introduced into the world of the child at the wrong time in the maturational process, these critically important if intensely fragile processes could be altered with detrimental, perhaps catastrophic, effect. Both phenomenology and psychoanalysis may require re-evaluation and reconfiguration as methods of contemporary critique and self-understanding at the very point at which technology, having entered everyone’s night kitchen, stands in need of radical critique.