Ontopolitics of Equality and Xenoaesthetics of Abstraction


  • Gonzalo Vaillo University of Innsbruck




aesthetics, one/many, object-oriented, xenological, agonistics


This article explores the relationship between metaphysics, politics and aesthetics in its role of technē within the context of equality. It presents two interconnected arguments. Firstly, it emphasises that equality is situated within the framework of ontopolitics, understood as the convergence of metaphysics and politics. This fusion is grounded in a shared systematic structure within the object’s internal dynamics. Secondly, the article underlines the importance of the mode of human cognition and object presentation in implementing equality. It proposes the xenoaesthetics of abstraction as a regime of action for perception to effectively establish the ontopolitical framework of equality. By challenging prevailing notions of transcendence, the article advocates for a non-hierarchical interior of the object that embraces the mutual constitution of object and subject. It recognises the thing’s capacity to reveal itself to us and be realised through us, emphasising the mobilisation of subjectivities as additional manifestations of the object. This perspective offers a complementary pathway to contemporary critical and activist discourses, promoting the advancement of equality through an ontopolitical focus on objects.

Author Biography

  • Gonzalo Vaillo, University of Innsbruck

    Gonzalo Vaíllo is a Spanish architect and founder of the Vienna-based studio MORPHtopia. He holds a doctorate in architecture and focuses on aesthetics, technology, and philosophy for design theory. He has exhibited at major events like the Venice and Seoul Biennale and published articles on philosophy, architectural critical theory, and digital computation. Gonzalo is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Innsbruck.






Technē and Feminism: Articles (edited by Katarina Kolozova and Vera Bühlmann)

How to Cite

“Ontopolitics of Equality and Xenoaesthetics of Abstraction”. 2023. Technophany, A Journal for Philosophy and Technology 2 (1): 1-22. https://doi.org/10.54195/technophany.13796.