Post-humanism, Object Oriented Ontology, speculative realism, new materialism, techno-animism; these are some of the concepts orbiting around a group of artists—mainly but certainly not exclusively in the UK—that explore the relationships between and the merging of humans and non-humans. The Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey is certainly one of them. In his traveling exhibition “The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things” he brings together an unusual selection of historical and contemporary works of art (including William Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Martin Creed, Richard Hamilton) alongside videos, some of his own works, mechanical objects, archaeological artifacts (think Egyptian cat mummy, Temple Grandin’s Squeeze/Hug Machine, mandrake root) and objects from the animal and vegetable kingdom as he calls it. These objects are connected to themes such as monsters, giants, angels, bodies. The selection represent the ever-expanding overlap between the virtual and the real world. Leckey is looking for those instances where the inanimate comes to life. In an interview with Lauren Cornell for Mousse Magazine, he stated “The more computed our environment becomes, the further back it returns us to our primitive past, boomerangs us right back to an animistic world view where everything has a spirit, rocks and lions and men.” Leckey is also experimenting, aided by technology, with how to present artworks in new ways and in new contexts.