Ask what can be!
Modal Critique and Design as Drivers of Accidence
Gransche, B.: Ask what can be! Modal Critique and Design as Drivers of Accidence, in: Mareis, Claudia; Renner, Michael; Greiner-Petter, Moritz; Zeller, Ludwig (Hg.): Critical by Design? Cultures, Epistemologies, Practices (Working Title). Transcript (im Erscheinen, vorauss. Februar 2020).
Modal Spheres (by Bruno Gransche)
The possibility of actually encountering a Minotaur, however, would generally be denied, the figure thus regarded as an inhabitant of the sphere of the impossible – imaginable, but not even potentially possible. So where does the modal drift come from? In its Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act of 2008, the United Kingdom Parliament made research on transgenic embryos legally possible. Chapter 22 deals with human-animal hybrids, chimeras, and human-bovine embryos. The fact that this is not a mythical narrative or a fairy tale, but a valid legal text regulating current research, and the fact that in the United Kingdom research is carried out on human-bovine embryos – i.e. they actually exist – suggest that human-animal hybrids such as the Minotaur are about to leave the sphere of the impossible. Accordingly, this means that a Minotaur is or was only supposedly impossible, but actually potentially possible, and, depending on its desirability, it could even be made real-possible.