How do our technologies connect with or abstract from the biological? Expanding beyond a Western monocultural perspective, technologies can be expressive of different worldviews, a concept philosopher Yuk Hui has termed “technodiversity.” We seek multiplicities, overlaps, and symbiotic connections between biodiversities and technodiversities.
How is the full human sensorium poised to be incorporated or denied by our immersive technologies and what might the political consequences of this transformation be? Beyond the human, how can we better understand and communicate the experiences of organisms with vastly different sensoria from our own?
In our accelerated age of late capitalist hyper-productivity, how can we use time as a strategy for regeneration? Amidst an ongoing state of “permacrisis,” the urgency for regeneration applies not only to our psyches and bodies, but to our companion species, our ecosystems, and our planet as a whole.
While making strides in terms of discovery, Western scientific practices have facilitated alienation from the living world, exploitation of the environment, and the dehumanization of non-Western and subaltern peoples. Can we mend these ruptures and revive vital worldviews and forms of knowledge-making that have been suppressed by Western scientific positivism?
How can we seize upon emerging networks of decentralized commerce, communication, and organization to build new communities? Resisting binary extremes of overhype and anxiety over decentralized technologies such as cryptocurrencies, DAOs, web3, etc., can we steer these technologies towards true global support systems and connection rather than financialized information exchange?
More Than Human
More Than Human
Discoveries made in the fields of microbiome research, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science are beginning to erode foundational concepts of Western liberalism, such autonomy and human exceptionalism. We convene scientists who interrogate these assumptions with the political thinkers and artists who are challenging the structures and norms derived from them.