GUSHING TENTACLE: an open reading group for "Plants and Animals"
Gushing Tentacle is the first public tentacle of the Plants and Animals project
This reading group will precede the opening of the art show
When: Each Sunday: April 15th to May 7th (possibly longer)
How long/what time: 2 hour meetings, 1pm-3pm
Where: No Nation - Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab, on the back patio if the temperature allows, or inside the gallery,
We are going to go through selected chapters from 2 books, one chapter per week.
What we are reading first
The first chapter proposed is the introductory chapter of "Matters of Care" (24 pages), which we will discuss and use to think together.
Matters of Care, Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds, María Puig de la Bellacasa, 2017
About Matters of Care
Challenging the view that caring is only human
Matters of Care presents a powerful challenge to conventional notions of care, exploring its significance as an ethical and political obligation for thinking in the more than human worlds of technoscience and naturecultures. A singular contribution to an emerging interdisciplinary debate, it expands agency beyond the human to ask how our understandings of care must shift if we broaden the world.
Through its observations and appreciations of the worlds in which many forms of care happen, this bold and synthetic book makes two transforming contributions to contemporary theorizing as it subtly invites everyone to appreciate the centrality of posthuman thinking. Feminists and posthumanists can no longer speak past each other: here’s why. (Joan C. Tronto, University of Minnesota)
About the author
María Puig de la Bellacasa is associate professor in science, technology, and organization at the University of Leicester School of Management.
Thank you to our host
No Nation - Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
and Lniaagaurcual for catching that ball and collaborating with us!
Looking forward to thinking together,
Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Donna Haraway, 2016
About Staying with the Trouble
In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthropocene, preferring to conceptualize it as what she calls the Chthulucene, as it more aptly and fully describes our epoch as one in which the human and nonhuman are inextricably linked in tentacular practices. The Chthulucene, Haraway explains, requires sym-poiesis, or making-with, rather than auto-poiesis, or self-making. Learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying together on a damaged earth will prove more conducive to the kind of thinking that would provide the means to building more livable futures. Theoretically and methodologically driven by the signifier SF—string figures, science fact, science fiction, speculative feminism, speculative fabulation, so far—Staying with the Trouble further cements Haraway's reputation as one of the most daring and original thinkers of our time.
About The Author
Donna J. Haraway is Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the author of several books, most recently, Manifestly Haraway.