A common way that MTHA is encountered is through erosion, degradation, breakdown. The rusting of an engine, the "personality" of a finicky door lock, the erosion of monuments to ruin etc. The necessary agency of human culture counter to this process is commonly known as repair, maintenance, upkeep. Our inability to respect the labor and value of repair stems from our inability to acknowledge and respect the agency of non-human actors.
agency | ˈeɪdʒ(ə)nsi |
2 [mass noun]
action or intervention producing a particular effect: canals carved by the agency of running water.
Homework: Bring a narrative and a ritual relating to interacting with non-human agents to the next call.
From Staicy Alaimo, Exposed (p8)
"Jeffrey Jerome Cohen posits a relation between theories of material agency and activism: “Agency is distributed among multifarious relations and not necessarily knowable in advance: actions that unfold along the grid surprise and then confound. This agentism is a form of activism: only in admitting that the inhuman is not ours to control, possesses desires and even will, can we apprehend the environment disanthropocentrically, in a teetering mode that renders human centrality a problem rather than a starting point.”