Pool 3: Posthuman Ecologies, Form of Responding

Autumn Term 2019

Time: 10:00 - 18:00 o'clock

25 October
22 November
5 / 6 December

Universität / Haute École
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Christian Hübler
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Content description

Exploration of artistic practices: examples are "In Between the Waves" in which Tejal Shah introduces us to improbable bodies that infiltrate the mangroves, its sediments, refuse, and excesses. Suspended between states of dreaming and wakefulness, these ambiguous beings hold stimulatory appendages remaining beyond mutation and beyond forces of ownership. Tabita Rezaire's "Deep Down Tidal" examines transoceanic networks and the political and technological effects of water as a medium of communication. By combining physical and spiritual knowledge, she develops new aspects of the history of inequality. In "A Mordida", the Bite Pedro Neves Marquez highlights the artificiality of a post-natural insect: Oxitec. Indeed, a British biotechnology company has developed genetically modified mosquitos to try and fight Zika and Dengue. Sidsel Meineche Hansen is confronting with her "Second Sex War Zone" posthuman porn production where accelerating technologies mimic and enhance already constructed, socially conditioned, fantasies. She is addressing the female body and its concealed labour power in the high-tech gaming and porn spectacle. Jenna Sutela approaches in "Orgs" the question of present and future paths for life on Earth through the yellow, ‘many-headed’ slime mold: an ancient, decentralized, autonomous organism that processes data without a nervous system.

With contributions by guest artists: Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Pedro Neves Marquez, Jenna Sutela and Tejal Shah.

About the teacher:

Christian Huebler, part of the artist duo knowbotiq, has been experimenting with forms and medialities of knowledge, political representations and epistemic disobedience. In recent projects knowbotiq are investigating and enacting inhuman geographies with the focus on algorithmic governmentalities, libidinous economies and postcolonial violence. In various installations, urban inventions and performative settings knowbotiq are exploring molecular, psychotrope and derivative aesthetics.