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This lecture is introduced by Maria Hlavajova and Prof. Rosi Braidotti

In their book A Thousand Plateaus, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari famously state that “the creative act does not wait for man to begin.” In this lecture I’d like to explore the creative act (in art, in philosophy, and, to a lesser degree, in science) by exploring the creative potentiality of all organic life; but even more so too of non-organic life and an-organic life. From the Diffuglia Coronata, to the earth, to the shadows as conceptualised by writers like Tanizaki and photographers like Arissa, this lecture explores the art of life after man in all of its guises.

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.