the possibility of a posthuman being

My work with people is, in part, a response to posthumanist and new materialist theory and an attempt to think about the application of those theories in everyday life.

Why I think the idea of posthumanism is useful is because de-centering the human and looking at the ethics that arises from that changed world view, helps enormously in beginning to dissolve that which limits us. Because that which limits us is ourselves (and I don’t mean some crappy self-help theory about who moved my cheese). What limits is is our view of ourselves as humans in the world, as individual selves acting independently. That is not freedom. That is limitation. What is needed is to see the intra-actions, the intricate interconnectedness, the interdependency, not only of humans but of every living and non-living thing, each subatomic particle in the entire universe, in the ten to the power of five hundred universes and the eleven dimensions, is connected, is aware of each other, is present to each other, is respectful of each other and is deserving of our respect and attention.

And it is within our power, our agency, this is evidenced by the fact that you have given me and these two thousand words your attention up to this point, to begin now.

Open your eyes and look around you. What is the first thing you see? Give it your full and undivided attention for a minute and respect it. See it for what it is and experience your respect it and allow that respectful energy to flow to it. Now what is the next thing that you see?

I am no longer interested in art but I am interested in creativity, and a speculative approach to thinking about problems and solutions, and working on them, as part of what I call a praxis which stands for the idea of giving form to theory. This is best done not in isolation but in collaboration with others, and to this end I am initiating posthumanist communities of praxis in various places around the world.

A theorist from Utrecht, Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, writes:

Creation is speculation. To speculate is to consider, to think through and to guess. The uncertainty, the openness inherent in the verb speculate indicates our direction to think through creation. The oldest frame for conceptualizing creation is the speculation about absolute beginnings that bring in the new: to generate something new out of nothing. For a long time — we tend to say until the Romantic era — creatio ex nihilo was an activity preserved for the gods. It was an activity beyond existing knowledge, beyond existing rules: an act of freedom. 1

But now that we are free from the gods, we have a lot of work to do. we must generate something new out of nothing and we must begin right now.

This is only the beginning. It is small, it’s almost invisible, imperceptible, but it’s real…

That is all.

Oh wait… There is more.

  1. in Mercedes Bunz, Birgit Mara Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele (Eds) - Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary. Meson Press]( p.37