ABOUT | COSMOPOLITICAL FUTURES | THE ANTHROPOCENIC HUMAN + PROJECTS
Cosmopolitical Futures, The Anthropocenic Human + Projects series reflects my long time interest and research in foundational studies and theories of quantum physics and projects exploring the nature of nature and the properties of living matter. As environmental changes force themselves into our physical consciousness we find ourselves re-thinking connections between politics, nature and humanity. Fixed notion of “humanness’ have been dramatically transformed by posthumanist theory and the advanced sciences of transgenics, biomedicine and bio-mimesis. In projects – Black Lace, Human Donor and Tremor in particular, I allude to methodological approaches based on Barad’s theories and the counterintuitive interpretation of quantum physics. Barad informs an emergent zeitgeist in cultural theory/philosophy (Stengers, Bennett, Braidotti,Latour,Haraway,Serres) making connections between vitalist materialism, science and politics and ethics.
Stengers, uses the term, Cosmopolitics to stress the relationship between the political order and scientific models of reality. Barad proposes that agency does not originate in human intention but resides in all of matter, suggesting that matter bears the mark of human agency in ways that release human intention. Her radical ontology proposes the collapse of partitions between mind and matter; wanting us to re-consider ethics, sentience and values within the new diffractive methodology she calls “Agential Realism”. The philosopher, and founding quantum physicist Niels Bohr made account of ways in which words and worlds are inextricably linked as discursive and material practices in the iterative reworking of the ‘objects” that we study.
The Anthropocene era is the contemporary epoch in which geologic conditions and processes are overwhelmingly shaped by human technologies and forces that impact our shared physical, social, cultural and economic world.
+ FATE MAPS + CUTS
In a biological context a FATE MAP refers to the membrane surface of fertilized egg, predicting which regions will form various tissues and parts of the body, touching on the deepest aspects of human identity at the quantum level.
Barad, K.M. (2007) Meeting the universe halfway : quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning. Duke University Press
Bennett, J. (2010) Vibrant matter : a political ecology of things. Duke University Press.
Braidotti, R. (2013) The posthuman. Polity.
Haraway, D.J. (1997) Modest witness@second millenium : femaleman meets oncomouse : feminism and technoscience. Rutledge.
Latour B (2013) An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns, trans. by Catherine Porter. Cambridge: Harvard University PresSerres, M. (2007) The parasite. University of Minnesota Press.
Stengers, I. (2010) Cosmopolitics I. University of Minnesota Press.