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HARD-CORE’s Universal Blob for the occasion of the Studium Generale, public lecture series of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam.

Bots, Bodies and Beasts – Studium Generale Rietveld Academie 2016

What does it mean for art making if the “human” is but one life form among many?

In January, February, March and April 2016, through talks, readings, discussions, performances, workshops, film screenings, a reading group* and an exhibition of student works, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie & Rietveld Uncut are collaborating on an extensive, artistic research trajectory.

“By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs. This cyborg is our ontology; it gives us our politics.” (from Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto, 1983)

“In the similarity of clowns to animals the likeness of humans to apes flashes up: the constellation animal/fool/clown is a fundamental layer of art.” (Theodor W. Adorno quoted by Anselm Franke in Ape Culture, 2015)

‏This year’s Studium Generale Rietveld Academie is about bots, bodies and beasts. It focuses on the notion of the posthuman and the blurring of the traditional distinctions between the human and its others – be these bots or beasts. How can a notion of the posthuman be a tool for understanding the present? How can it help us make sense of our flexible and multiple identities? Can it redefine humanity’s place in the technological and biological continuums we are part of?

In a great variety of talks, artist presentations, live performances, readings, screenings and masterclasses, we will dive into dialogue with posthumanism, (dis)embodiment and the dismantling of the liberal humanist and anthropocentric “subject”. Bots, Bodies, Beasts addresses all art disciplines, and concerns mind and matter, thinking and doing. It is explicitely not about the production of suprahuman beings, but about being humble within the current entanglements of (digital) culture and nature.