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Medea Talks - The End of Man: Species Vulnerability in the Anthropocene

Tid: 2017-12-14 15:15 -- 2017-12-14 17:00
Plats: Hörsal B1, Niagara, Malmö University
Målgrupp: All

Joanna Zylinska, artist, curator and Professor of New Media at Goldsmiths, University of London, will discuss the notion of the Anthropocene, and the “end of man” prophecy associated with it – especially as it relates to the gendering of the Anthropocene story. The talk will include a screening of her short photo-film, Exit Man (2017), which attempts to outline a “feminist counter-apocalypse”.

Joanna Zylinska’s talk offers an ironic take on one of the dominant narratives of vulnerability today: the Anthropocene. It also probes the expiration of the White Christian Man as the key subject of history.

Tracing the apocalyptic undertones of the Anthropocene narrative as a story of the existential crisis of humanity, she will look at several recent developments surrounding the human as both a philosophical concept and meaty materiality: panic about the scarcity of resources that are available to sustain us; renewed activity around Artificial Intelligence in Silicon Valley; biotechnology research into ways of upgrading the human all the way to immortality. She will also position the use of the Anthropocene as an explanatory concept against the horizon of various current political events across the globe. They include the war on terror, the rise of rightwing populism, the refugee crisis, the Trump phenomenon and Brexit.

Her primary interest concerns the unspoken anxieties and fantasies that are implied by the “end of man” prophecy associated with the Anthropocene – especially as they relate to the gendering of the Anthropocene story. By way of response, the talk will include a screening of her short photo-film, Exit Man (2017), which attempts to outline a “feminist counter-apocalypse”.

Read more about Joanna Zylinska.

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