SoFTA Lecture Series: The Posthumanist Debate



The Posthumanist Debate


The Posthuman may refer to both a concept and a philosophical or transdisciplinary forum. On the one hand, the “Posthuman” as a concept describes a deep contemporary cultural transformation in which the humanistic conception of autonomous rational individual, superior to other species, doesn’t hold together any more in an era of radical entanglement with technology and of planetary devastation. On the other, the posthumanist debate refers to a space of discussion, a philosophical forum on how we imagine modes of existence to come. Here a multiplicity of images, sensing and knowing, converge into a complex cartography spanning from posthumanism to transhumanism, from accelerationism to decolonial feminism, from sino futurism to cosmotechnical thinking. This Lecture works as an unfinished background to Zubillaga’s talk/performance at the Beijing World Congress of Philosophy on the 14th of August 2018, entitled “Expanded telepathy (1): towards a post-human concept of intentionality”, where he presented a transdisciplinary critique of Silicon Valley’s vision of technological telepathy.


Professor Luciano Zubillaga
Luciano Zubillaga is a British-Argentine artist filmmaker and scholar based in London since 1993 and now in Suzhou. His work involves transdisciplinary research at the intersections of art, philosophy and science with publicly engaged practice. He recently exhibited work at the Post-Cyber Feminist International --London ICA, Invisible Architectures --Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires. His first feature film, Things to Come is based on a graphic music score and performed by German star Hanna Schygulla. In 2008, Luciano Zubillaga was the recipient of the London Artist Film and Video Awards (LAFVA) by Film London and Arts Council of England and his work is part of the British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection (BAFVS). He is co-founder of the experimental film tv studio TcoET.