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28 May 2015

Technoecology. Environmental Media, General Ecologization of Thought and the History of Relationality

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This lecture is introduced by prof. Rosi Braidotti.

Starting from the diagnosis that we are witnessing a general “ecologization” of thinking and theory, this lecture seeks to outline the central reason for this great transformation — the process of cybernizing all modes of existence and forms of life since the late nineteenth century, and which is currently culminating in the third cybernetics of environmental media. As a result of this caesura of cyberneticization, of what we may call our entry into the technological condition, we also find ourselves at a very specific critical point in the history of relationality. It is now possible, to not only occupy and exploit relations technologically, but also to think a radical general-ecological rationality that contravenes the existing limited economy of relations. The switch from a representative to a techno-ecological sense culture [Sinnkultur] is the possible historical horizon of this general-ecological turn. Against this background, Félix Guattari’s ecosophy turns out to be an early attempt at working through this techno-ecological sense [technoökologischen Sinn].

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht organizes the series of presentations, conversations, seminars, and workshops Posthuman Glossary. The series takes place in the form of intensive two-day gatherings with artists, scholars, and activists around the critical issues of posthumanity in present-day artistic and intellectual work. Posthuman Glossary is a part of BAK’s research program Future Vocabularies (2014–2016) and its chapter Human-Inhuman-Posthuman, which is developed in dialogue with BAK Research Fellow Professor Rosi Braidotti and organized in collaboration with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. The series leads to the publishing of the Posthuman Glossary in 2016, edited by Braidotti and BAK’s Artistic Director Maria Hlavajova.