The word, or concept of, Xeno may carry a curse and a gift in its meaning. It depends on the voice that speaks it, writes it, or signs it. For some, the presence or idea of something “alien” may trigger violent and discriminatory political, social, colonial, and economic western constructs. While for others, they may find that in the “unknown” body, real or fictional, lies hope for the future. Xeno is always foreign, and in this program, we will focus on interpreting it in different ways the experience of “otherness”, mainly of non-human animals and hybrid bodies.
This experimental seminar requires active participation. We will collectively listen, role-play and perform to enhance the concepts discussed during each session. We will place our minds, and with it our bodies, in a creative process that will serve as the shared landscape during our time together. There may never be a conclusive way...to inhabit another’s experience, but from the Institute for Postnatural Studies, we believe that there are performative and artistic practices that can generate empathy, care, and sensibility towards an “otherhood”.
The sessions are structured through a theoretical introduction of different topics, meditative immersions, writing exercises, and performative experimentations. These are helpful tools for the dissolution of the categorization between nature and culture, which will try to establish a new multi-species environment of creation and experience. In the union between species and the activation of different senses and sensibilities, we can research, learn and speculate about a world of coexistence.
Entrada actualizada el el 16 mar de 2023
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