Text To Speech Reading 19: Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene by Donna Haraway
Text To Speech is a media art and theory reading group, organized by Western Front, Cineworks, and VIVO Media Arts.
Focused on writing about media, media art and the surrounding concepts and frameworks of the mediated world, Text To Speech gatherings aim to build stronger community ties and knowledge in our field. In this reading group, participants will be provided with copies of the reading, and we will facilitate a group reading, discussion, and analysis of this text. Prior knowledge of the work is encouraged but not required, as the session will involve some form of introduction, and some portion of close reading (out loud).
Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene
"What happens when human exceptionalism and bounded individualism, those old saws of Western philosophy and political economics, become unthinkable in the best sciences, whether natural or social? ...What happens when organisms plus environments can hardly be remembered for the same reasons that even Western-indebted people can no longer figure themselves as individuals and societies of individuals in human-only histories? Surely such a transformative time on Earth must not be named the Anthropocene!
With all the unfaithful offspring of the sky gods, with my littermates who find a rich wallow in multispecies muddles, I want to make a critical and joyful fuss about these matters. I want to stay with the trouble, and the only way I know to do that is in generative joy, terror, and collective thinking."
Presented in conjunction with a FREE screening of Fabrizio Terranova's 2017 film:
Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival
Wed 17 Oct; 7.00pm; Cineworks Studio