MachineMachine /stream - tagged with posthumanism https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried]]> https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xwvgeq/an-incomplete-timeline-of-what-we-tried

Human extinction. The coordinated release of various strains of a human sterilization virus.

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Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:13:06 -0700 https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xwvgeq/an-incomplete-timeline-of-what-we-tried
<![CDATA[Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/geoengineering-is-the-only-solution-to-our-climate-calamities/

Parag Khanna is the author of Connectography (2016) and The Future is Asian (2019). Michael Ferrari is managing partner at Atlas Research Innovations and a senior fellow at the Wharton School.

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Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:13:50 -0700 https://www.wired.com/story/geoengineering-is-the-only-solution-to-our-climate-calamities/
<![CDATA[Do Cyborgs Have Politics? — Pax Solaria]]> http://www.paxsolaria.net/monthly/do-cyborgs-have-politics

Image by Jamy van Zyl In 1986, Science and Technology Studies scholar Langdon Winner launched a debate about the power of technologies to shape human politics when he asked “do artefacts have politics?” A technology like the Robert Moses-designed overpasses that arc above the roads from New Yor

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Thu, 20 Aug 2020 06:13:25 -0700 http://www.paxsolaria.net/monthly/do-cyborgs-have-politics
<![CDATA[Rethinking the Apocalypse: An Indigenous Anti-Futurist Manifesto – Indigenous Action Media]]> http://www.indigenousaction.org/rethinking-the-apocalypse-an-indigenous-anti-futurist-manifesto/

Why can we imagine the ending of the world, yet not the ending of colonialism? We live the future of a past that is not our own. It is a history of utopian fantasies and apocalyptic idealization.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:13:38 -0700 http://www.indigenousaction.org/rethinking-the-apocalypse-an-indigenous-anti-futurist-manifesto/
<![CDATA[Rethinking the Apocalypse: An Indigenous Anti-Futurist Manifesto – Indigenous Action Media]]> http://www.indigenousaction.org/rethinking-the-apocalypse-an-indigenous-anti-futurist-manifesto/

Why can we imagine the ending of the world, yet not the ending of colonialism? We live the future of a past that is not our own. It is a history of utopian fantasies and apocalyptic idealization.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 11:50:18 -0700 http://www.indigenousaction.org/rethinking-the-apocalypse-an-indigenous-anti-futurist-manifesto/
<![CDATA[Novel Corona: Posthuman Virus | In the Moment]]> https://critinq.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/novel-corona-posthuman-virus/

The novel coronavirus is posthuman in at least two senses. First, and most obviously, because it is oblivious to human intentions, desires, and motives.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2020 08:12:20 -0700 https://critinq.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/novel-corona-posthuman-virus/
<![CDATA[Novel Corona: Posthuman Virus | In the Moment]]> https://critinq.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/novel-corona-posthuman-virus/

The novel coronavirus is posthuman in at least two senses. First, and most obviously, because it is oblivious to human intentions, desires, and motives.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2020 01:12:20 -0700 https://critinq.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/novel-corona-posthuman-virus/
<![CDATA[The Posthuman Enlightenment | Public Books]]> https://www.publicbooks.org/the-posthuman-enlightenment/

What does it take to think beyond the human? Can we imagine our human selves in other lives? And should we? While contemporary answers to these questions have highlighted the desirability and necessity of imagining ourselves as animals, plants, and even objects, others argue that such acts of the im

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Wed, 12 Feb 2020 10:16:06 -0800 https://www.publicbooks.org/the-posthuman-enlightenment/
<![CDATA[Science Fiction and Posthumanism – Critical Posthumanism Network]]> https://criticalposthumanism.net/science-fiction/

Donna Haraway famously pronounced, “the boundary between science fiction and social reality is an optical illusion” in her influential A Cyborg Manifesto.

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Mon, 14 Oct 2019 09:31:13 -0700 https://criticalposthumanism.net/science-fiction/
<![CDATA[The Arrogance of the Anthropocene - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/arrogance-anthropocene/595795/

On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. Humans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told.

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Sat, 17 Aug 2019 08:05:08 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/arrogance-anthropocene/595795/
<![CDATA[The Abolition Of Man (No, Really) | The American Conservative]]> https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-abolition-of-man-no-really/

My libertarian friend Conor Friedersdorf has stared into the abyss, and has been jolted by what stared back. He writes about it in a must-read essay with the deceptively anodyne title “The Limits of Diversity”. Conor begins by laying out his own openness to diverse experience.

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Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:20:54 -0700 https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-abolition-of-man-no-really/
<![CDATA[Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future]]> https://aeon.co/essays/the-elon-musk-interview-on-mars

‘Fuck Earth!’ Elon Musk said to me, laughing. ‘Who cares about Earth?’ We were sitting in his cubicle, in the front corner of a large open-plan office at SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles. It was a sunny afternoon, a Thursday, one of three designated weekdays Musk spends at SpaceX.

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Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:20:50 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/the-elon-musk-interview-on-mars
<![CDATA[PhD Thesis: The Practice of Posthumanism]]> http://research.gold.ac.uk/26601/

Post-humanism is best understood as several overlapping and interrelated fields coming out of the traditions of anti-humanism, post-colonialism, and feminist discourse. But the term remains contested, both by those who wish to overturn, or even destroy, the ‘humanism’ after that decisive hyphen (post-humanists), and those engaged in the project of maximising their chance of merging with technologies, and reaching a supposed point of transition, when the current ‘human’ has been augmented, upgraded, and surpassed (transhumanists). For both those who wish to move beyond ‘humanism’, and those who wish to transcend ‘the human’, there remains a significant, shared, problem: the supposed originary separations, between information and matter, culture and nature, mankind and machine, singular and plural, that post-humanism seeks to problematise, and transhumanism often problematically ignores, lead to the delineation of ‘the human’ as a single, universalised figure. This universalism erases the pattern of difference, which post-humanists see as both the solution to, and the problem of, the human paradigm. This thesis recognises this problem as an ongoing one, and one which – for those who seek to establish posthumanism as a critical field of enquiry – can never be claimed to be finally overcome, lest the same problem of universalism rear its head again.

To tackle this problem, this thesis also enters into the complex liminal space where the terms ‘human’ and ‘humanism’ confuse and interrupt one another, but rather than delineate the same boundaries (as transhumanists have done), or lay claim over certain territories of the discourse (as post-humanists have done), this thesis implicates itself, myself, and yourself in the relational becoming posthuman of which we, and it, are co-constituted. My claim being, that critical posthumanism must be the action it infers onto the world of which it is not only part, but in mutual co-constitution with.The Practice of Posthumanism claims that critical posthumanism must be enacted in practice, and stages itself as an example of that process, through a hybrid theoretical and practice-based becoming. It argues that posthumanism is necessarily a vibrant, lively process being undergone, and as such, that it cannot be narrativized or referred to discursively without collapsing that process back into a static, universalised delineation once again. It must remain in practice, and as such, this thesis enacts the process of which it itself is a principle paradigm.After establishing the critical field termed ‘posthumanism’ through analyses of associated discourses such as humanism and transhumanism, each of the four written chapters and hybrid conclusion/portfolio of work is enacted through a ‘figure’ which speaks to certain monstrous dilemmas posed by thinkers of the posthuman. These five figures are: The Phantom Zone, Crusoe’s Island, The Thing, The Collapse of The Hoard, and The 3D Printer (#Additivism). Each figure – echoing Donna Haraway – ‘resets the stage for possible pasts and futures’ by calling into question the fictional/theoretical ground upon which it is predicated. Considered together, the dissertation and conclusion/portfolio of work, position critical posthumanism as a hybrid ‘other’, my claim being that only through representing the human as and through an ongoing process (ontogenesis rather than ontology) can posthumanism re-conceptualise the ‘norms’ deeply embedded within the fields it confronts.The practice of critical posthumanism this thesis undertakes is inherently a political project, displacing and disrupting the power dynamics which are co-opted in the hierarchical structuring of individuals within ‘society’, of categories within ‘nature’, of differences which are universalised in the name of the ‘human’, as well as the ways in which theory delineates itself into rigid fields of study. By confounding articulations of the human in fiction, theory, science, media, and art, this practice in practice enacts its own ongoing, ontogenetic becoming; the continual changing of itself, necessary to avoid a collapse into new absolutes and universals.

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Thu, 08 Aug 2019 05:56:23 -0700 http://research.gold.ac.uk/26601/
<![CDATA[Too Human — Real Life]]> https://reallifemag.com/too-human/

As I was being wheeled out of the post-anesthesia care unit at Mount Sinai, three incisions across my abdomen freshly glued shut and fentanyl warm in my veins, a nurse bustled over. “Your pictures, dear,” she said, tucking a colorful strip of photos into my sweatshirt like a garnish.

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Mon, 27 May 2019 17:28:03 -0700 https://reallifemag.com/too-human/
<![CDATA[0AZ: Alien Rhythms]]> http://zinzrinz.blogspot.com/2019/04/alien-rhythms.html

There was only one thing that I didn't like. In the very back of the garage, near the canisters, I could see something silvery. That hadn't been there before.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:46:26 -0700 http://zinzrinz.blogspot.com/2019/04/alien-rhythms.html
<![CDATA[Technological and Posthuman Zones – Critical Posthumanism]]> http://criticalposthumanism.net/genealogy/technological-and-posthuman-zones/

Modern technology seems always to have been judged according to its utility for human beings. To the extent that technologies have been viewed as tools, instruments, or prostheses for human use, and thus under human control, they have largely been seen in positive, utopian terms.

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Fri, 30 Nov 2018 03:17:17 -0800 http://criticalposthumanism.net/genealogy/technological-and-posthuman-zones/
<![CDATA[CENHS @ Rice! » New Materialism, Environmental Justice, and Digital Sites of Resistance: Figuring the Cyborg Activist]]> http://culturesofenergy.com/new-materialism-environmental-justice-and-digital-sites-of-resistance-figuring-the-cyborg-activist/

Below is a shortened version of Annie Culver’s essay that won Honorable Mention in the 2017 Greene Prize for Environmental Writing. Annie is a PhD student in English at Rice University.

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Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:31:20 -0700 http://culturesofenergy.com/new-materialism-environmental-justice-and-digital-sites-of-resistance-figuring-the-cyborg-activist/
<![CDATA["I am not responsible for the world's contradictions. I am trying to deal with them."]]> https://twitter.com/therourke/statuses/1031550029230759938 ]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:34:26 -0700 https://twitter.com/therourke/statuses/1031550029230759938 <![CDATA[The humanist left must challenge the rise of cyborg socialism]]> https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/04/humanist-left-must-challenge-rise-cyborg-socialism

Undiagnosed by the mainstream media and much of the academic community, a major intellectual renewal is underway across the left. It is energetic and tech-savvy, building platforms such as Novara Media.

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:34:14 -0700 https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/04/humanist-left-must-challenge-rise-cyborg-socialism
<![CDATA[10. Salon Digital: #Additivism and the Art of Collective Survival - Daniel Rourke]]> https://vimeo.com/250198657

In diesem Video geht es um den Salon Digital 10. Dokumentation des 10. Salon Digital an der Hochschule für Künste Bremen am 29.11.2017. Mit Daniel Rourke. / filmische Dokumentation: Eva Klauss Rather than try and solve the problems we face as a planetary species - political and social problems which have been with us for millennia; or problems which come with new, and shiny names like ‘The Anthropocene’ - Daniel Rourke and Morehshin Allahyari, in their #'Additivism project, look to question the very notion of ‘the solution’: asking how the stories our problem come wrapped in are products of particular privileges, identities, and points of view. In this talk Daniel Rourke introduces The 3D Additivist Manifesto and Cookbook, showcasing some of the 'post-solution' projects it contains, and asking difficult questions of how to act once there are no solutions left. What is #Additivism? In March 2015 Allahyari & Rourke released The 3D Additivist Manifesto, a call to push the 3D printer and other creative technologies, to their absolute limits and beyond into the realm of the speculative, the provocative and the weird. The 3D Additivist Cookbook is composed of responses to that call, an extensive catalog of digital forms, material actions, and post-humanist methodologies and impressions. - The program for Digital Media at the University of the Arts Bremen launched a regular series of salon-style gatherings titled “Spectacle: Reenactments in the Arts, Design, Science and Technology.” The events have an open format and provide a forum for experiments, presentations and performances from a range of different fields, but with a common focus on old and new media, as well as technologies. The salon thereby enables a practice of reenactment as a way to make things past and hidden visible, present and also questionable. Contemporary new technologies and media seem to cover knowledge with complex layers of materials, code/sign systems and history/organization. Reenacting can translate obscured knowledge, ideas and theories into bodies and actions. At the heart of this conceptual approach is a desire to turn past events into present experiences—although the very nature of the past prohibits such an endeavor. The salon pursues the primary goal of opening closed systems and constructions (black boxes). Global power structures, as well as complex processes in development and production—leading to hermetic constructs—have made it even harder to understand science, economy and contemporary media, as well as new technologies. Recipients therefore tend to mostly grasp only their superficial level. The spectacle is a way to condense actions and processes. Reenactment, on the other hand, builds on repetition and history. But the spectacle is a moment in the here and now where everything flows together and culminates. Organised by: Andrea Sick, Ralf Baecker und Dennis Paul salon-digital.comCast: Digitale Medien KuD der HfK

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:01:13 -0700 https://vimeo.com/250198657