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Species Entanglements and Expanded Kinship: Feminist Engagements with Technoscience


Kratz, SJ, Species Entanglements and Expanded Kinship: Feminist Engagements with Technoscience, Women, Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970: Symposium, 21-23 February 2018, Victorian College of the Arts, pp. 36. (2018) [Conference Extract]


Presented from an artist’s perspective, this paper examines the role of art-science practices in interrogating the relationship between the human and nonhuman with a focus on how developments across microbiology, genetics and bioengineering challenge species boundaries and biological determinism.

Drawing on the work of Donna Haraway, the paper will highlight the value of fiction and how speculative creative engagements with technologies and concepts can highlight existing power operations, reveal ethical ambiguities and imagine alternative pathways and modes of being in the world.

Creative projects operating in the nexus of art and science including Tash Bates’ interspecies work with Candida albicans (thrush bacteria) and Ai Hasegawa’s speculative same-sex and transgenic reproductive projects will be discussed in relation to the artists own work and interest in alternative forms of motherhood and rethinking concepts of genetic legacy. The paper will conclude with an invitation to consider how science, art, philosophy and fiction can work to disrupt and re-invent sex, gender and species relationships.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:art, feminism, women
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Visual cultures
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
UTAS Author:Kratz, SJ (Dr Svenja Kratz)
ID Code:125010
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2018-03-22
Last Modified:2018-03-22

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