Posthumanism + nonfiction

This group, convened by Dr. Adrian Miles, undertakes research into new materialism and applies it to individual areas of practice and interest in the non/fictionLab. Activities include a reading group, symposia, visiting speakers, and a planned anthology. Keywords: speculative realism, ecology, materialism, eco-aesthetics, ecocriticism.

Materialism and Interactive Documentary

Adrian Miles convened a panel at the 2017 Visible Evidence Conference (Buenos Aires) asking questions about matertialism, materialist media philosophy, and interactive documentary. The panellists were Adrian Miles, Daniel Fetzner (.de), Carles Sora (.es), and Judith Aston (.uk). Feisty is one adjective that springs to mind. The protocol was 10 slides, each slide 30 seconds, …

So, we’re continuing with the Ingold “Rethinking the Animate”, Tim Ingold, from: Ingold, Tim. Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description. London: Routledge, 2011. Print. http://vogmae.dropmark.com/288306/10826492 And adding to this: Tsing, Anna. “Unruly Edges: Mushrooms as Companion Species.” Environmental Humanities 1 (2012) 141-154. http://vogmae.dropmark.com/288306/11183034

http://vogmae.dropmark.com/288306/10826489 (Jakob van Uexküll, A foray in the world of animals and humans) and Rethinking the Animate, Tim Ingold, from: Ingold, Tim. Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description. London: Routledge, 2011. Print. http://vogmae.dropmark.com/288306/10826492

Courtesy of Daniel Binns we have the opening gambits of Eugene Thacker’s recent horror of philosophy trilogy. We are reading the preface and first part (PDF) of The Dust of This Planet. citation is more or less Thacker, Eugene. In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy. Winchester: Zero Books, 2011. Print. Next reading …

Non/fictionLab’s David Carlin has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Lapland this month. David gave a Keynote talk and a workshop at the University of Lapland’s Faculty of Social Sciences Seminar: ‘Situating the Self Ethically, Academically and in Society’ in Ranua, Finland. David’s talk was called ‘Essaying as Method’. It looked at the …

Sophie Cunningham’s Elephant Walk, 3 May

Ranee was the first elephant in Australia. She arrived in Melbourne from Calcutta Zoo on the 5th March 1883. After docking in Port Melbourne she was held at Sandridge at the Port Melbourne police station until late at night. She was then walked through the streets in darkness.  It took many hours to walk the …

I’m sorry I don’t have a story

An essay come article that I read from at a Spotlight session in 2016 has been published. This was written in what is an usually subjective voice (for the discipline, and much to the alarm of one of the reviewers) and as a hypertext. The hypertext was translated into a multilinear iBook (that’s an oxymoron) …

We all met up at Pound Bend (Warrandyte State Park) and spent the day enacting (Mol) our various materialist methods to try to do materialist environmental humanities in situ. We did a lot of recording, less documenting of us.

The style guide we need to use for our content is at http://transformationsjournal.org/style_guide.shtml field trip February 22 Writing Up drop in Sessions (come for all or part) February 23 2pm+ 9.4.32 February 28 12:30pm+ 9.4.32 March 10 12pm+ 9.4.3 Roundtable discussion Evaluating/Discussing/Supporting Posthumanism reading group March 2 5pm 9.4.32 (this the regular meeting time but …

The posthumanism and ecocritical group within non/fictionLab are having a second research day at the [Abbotsford Convent](http://abbotsfordconvent.com.au/). This builds upon the first day and is the second intensive step toward an experimental research publication. On this second day (aim for 9:30 coffees for a 10am kick off) we will: 1.have read the material that was …

A reminder, Thursday February 2 5pm reading group kicks off again. On the agenda is the Bird Rose (http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue20/Rose.pdf) and the introduction to Mol (http://vogmae.dropmark.com/288306/9101363). I’ve also added Mol’s lengthy conclusion, if interested (http://vogmae.dropmark.com/288306/9279614) YMMV. Also need your writings from Lab Day One (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6XGJqmsT1P2NHpDOExLQjJxZms) by Thursday Feb 2 at LATEST. Thursday February 9th we at …

Reading 7

Mol, Annemarie. The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice. Duke University Press Books, 2002. Print. Foreword and if you’re keen, chapter one.

Environmental humanities. Deborah Bird Rose. “Slowly — Writing into the Anthropocene.” (With one of the better abstracts I’ve seen.) Get it via Text as a pdf. Thursday December 8th, 5pm, 9.4.32.

Reading Four

After a lively and spirited discussion arising from and around Braidotti’s The Posthuman the next reading is: Morton, Timothy. The Ecological Thought. Harvard: Harvard University Press, 2012. Print. [pdf | amazon] I think the writing style is an interesting contrast to previous readings, as is Morton’s willingness to use examples.

Posthumanism Responses 2

Snapshots from a Thursday: An absorbing discussion about attending, attuning, describing, accounting for, wording, where fresh water meets salty, encountering a lemon, what’s it like to be in the middle of acting on stage, Old White Men and Thai berry pickers in Lapland. With refreshments! + I keep thinking about that lemon and its worlding …

Reading 3: The Posthuman

The next reading is now available. It is from Braidotti, Rosi. The Posthuman. Cambridge: Polity, 2013. A copy of the reading is available as PDF. And next reading discussion is Thursday September 22nd. 5pm.

Stewart’s Attunements

The second reading is Stewart, Kathleen. “Atmospheric Attunements.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29.3 (2011): 445–453. A copy is available.

Media Library

One ‘quick’ outcome of the reading group is a sort of chapbook come documentation project. To achieve this, and to help our readings of the readings (ha!) we are going to make small things in response to anything at attracts or intrigues in each reading. Writing, photographs, drawings, video, sound, words, chants. Documentation of a …

Posthumanism and  Nonfiction Group

A reading come research group within the non/fictionLab is forming around the broad and loose themes of posthumanism, ecoaesthetics, and whatever it is you want to use to name speculative realism and its constellation of near and far avatars. The first reading will be the first two bits of Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter. The reading …