Posthuman Studies Lab

Symposium and Workshops: Posthumanism and Worldbuilding
Programmer and Organizer: Sepideh Majidi

Workshops and Conversations:

Francesca Ferrando: Posthumanism and Worlding

October 9th- 10 am PST

Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87298487940

David Roden: Goodman and the World Behind the Schemes

October 10th-10 am PST

Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974304854

● Reading Group and Workshop:

 

"Ways of Worldmaking" by Nelson Goodman

 

Session-1. September 25: 𝐊𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐚𝐬 R𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧

Main Reading:

Words, Works, Worlds”. Nelson Goodman, Ways of Worldmaking, Ch. 1

 

Session-2.September 26: 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐲𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐜𝐬 B𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝𝐬

Main Reading:

“On Rightness of Rendering”. Nelson Goodman, Ways of Worldmaking, Ch. 7

instructors for the workshop: Cássia Siqueira & Sepideh @Worlds and Models Lab

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David Roden

Speculative and Unbounded Posthumanism

Philosopher/Instructor

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Reza Negarestani

Future of Intelligence in the Age of Intellectual Scarcity

Philosopher- Contributor

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Tiny Domingos

Hybrid Togetherness: Reconnecting With the Living and the Mineral

Artist/Researcher

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Sutirtho Roy

The Creator in the Creation: Fractured Selves in a Liminal Space, Seen
Through a Meta-textual Lens of World-building

Artist/Researcher

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Tara Mukund

Entangled in the Heterotopia

Artist/Researcher

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Francesca Ferrando

The Art of Posthuman Existence

Philosopher/Instructor

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Sepideh Majidi
Symposium and Workshop: Posthumanism and Worldbuilding: More Details about the program and workshops The idea of Posthumanism and Worldbuilding has at least three facets: Renegotiation of our positions with regard to future intelligence, and looking at the critical and ethical concerns of posthumanism and methods of world building. The ability to make a different world than the one that has already been given to us, and in which we already live. An understanding of the posthuman location and its function in the context of a broader environment, or world. Here we are starting with a forensic approach to our world-building: How should we build this world? This is ultimately predicated on the kind of detective work we do in regards to the fabric that surrounds us within the context--it might be scientific, political, or it might be social, etc. But here, for us, the context is simply our world. How can we talk about the world coherently without relapsing back onto the Anthropocentric image? Here we need models--computational models, mathematical models, etc. However, when we get into scientific theorization we notice that things get messier as we move forward. As we explicate our concepts, we are refining the ways in which we distinguish an aspect of reality. We move toward more fine-grain snapshots of reality, but not only do they get more refined, they actually change their shape. Our notions by which we organize our perception of reality can also be changed--space and time, forms of intuitions. We can no longer see space and time as psychological, rather we see them in the physical sense, in the history of science or ..., So this project is a kind of reframing of a narrative of what enlightenment is about. We are starting by looking into the world. How can we do it? Looking into the world is not by any means an easy task. In the workshop we can go through a series of studies, combined with some writings--optional--but at the same time, this can be in conjunction with the presentation and further development of your personal project, through the lens of world-building. Part One: Each participant picks two or more sets of concepts; one relates to human and one to posthuman: Example: (Examples are suggested by participants) Human Identity vs. Posthuman Existence Dualism vs Post Dualism Bound vs Unbound Through examination and model making, we can renegotiate the construct of our reality and subjectivities. Also, we can look at the relationship between the posthuman models or archetypes and their environment through the construction of world models. Part Two: We started with two types of models. In this method, we detect two types of words that refer to human and posthuman intelligence as Bound and Unbound. Now we are dealing with the question of ethics, which starts at the impasse between Bound and Unbound. This problem is caused by our way of abstracting dialectical world models. Especially Aristotelian models, such as Kant’s. What is the unbound world of posthumans? Can we imagine these worlds? Or can it happen by way of perturbations in dynamic systems? Suddenly there is so much unfolding at this point, and we can get lost, or fall into another liberal point of view. We will tackle this problem with world-building, but I think it's best if we do a little studying at this junction and take a look at the debate between David Roden and Reza Negarestani. David Roden: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-3AO50cbMZdfEiE9BhawnJS_3c5liJkY/view?usp=drivesdk Reza Negarestani: Start at 21 minutes into the video: https://youtu.be/_1S1WX8KIQY Part 3: Reading of Ways of Worldmaking by Nelson goodman Part4:

Posthumanism and Worldbuilding

Philosopher,Founder,Programmer/Instructor

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Mafe Izaguirre

Hybrid Spiritual Systems: Self-Hacking and Cognitive Alteration.

Artist/Researcher

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Rodrigo Gutierrez

The Stone and The Ripples

Artist/Researcher

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Buket Yenidogan

Experience as Post-Dualistic World-ing

Artist/Researcher

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Ray Brassier

Posthuman Pragmatism: Selecting Power

Philosopher/Instructor

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Magda Vicini

The time fragmentation/unification/relativization

Artist/Researcher

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Paige Emery

Fluid Relations for Endurance

Artist/Researcher

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Simin Azarpour
If the schizo is a delusion of union with the cosmos, just as he/she expresses by a narrative/non-narrative the paleontology of existence in molecular dimensions, he/she also finds in him/herself the history of metaversal evolution/involution and world creation in its molarity. The cosmos, this " deterritorialized giant […] Molecule" (Deleuze and Guattari 1987: 40) , brought into being by the "Big Bang", is a macro and dense schizophrenic cry that schizo rediscovers the traces and remnants of its pervasive rays in his psyche .The schizophrenic auditory illusions are vibrations of the cosmic sounds remained of this "primary darkness" and spread throughout the world, molecules that have turned into the suns and the stars; cellular moyens leading to the galaxies and the Milky Way. Schizo finds himself alone in the face of this infinite elegance, what can he/she do but turn him/herself into a wandering iota and write the memories of a mote floating in the galaxy (“a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam”14): souvenirs and dangers; standing at the crossroads of ex-istence, at the intersection of wind, sun and sky; living flows in their most intense modes; the experience of the cosmos by incessant becoming and stopping “to be”, yes, schizo is already a full-fledged Heraclitian, and when we want to prevent him/her--by medication and neuroleptics--from his processual becoming, or to freeze the flux to bring him/her back to general intelligence, whether natural, artificial or social, we deprive ourselves from la gaya scienza of a cosmogenesis, of schizo-revelations, the receiver of cosmic radiations that can articulate all of species in a complex delusion. But we don’t learn Le schizo et les langues15 ; Talking with molecular trans-codes and the language of creatures, speaking at the level of gleams. Schizo-languages encounters the cosmo-languages and the consequence is the evolution/involution’s traces of the Pluriverse 16 in a hallucination-machine that a reason-particle accelerator generates. Schizo expresses the speed of thought or velocity within reason; the eye-flow that draws on the surface of being a molten intellect or the self-bypassing mind that, in its "transcendental empiricism", provokes the non-narrative of the archelogy of becoming (a devenir-logique)..

The Cosmogenesis, or the Multiversal Evolution/Involution

Artist/Researcher

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Gagan Singh
I see myself in possibilities between what is material, how do we understand depth and distance, what does it mean to walk in the city, and how do notions of eroticism, humor, and comic book stories function. I’m also interested in the spaces in between which artworks occur, where you ride a thought, travel with it, soak it in, research it through the fields of cognition, language, thought and all of this leads to some form of action, or many such active steps. My thoughts extended into the idea of depth in Line; from exploring through carving--making a line into an object such as piece of wood, to seeing lines in erotic comics and comics in general, to the shift of drawing in a sketchbook, to its projection on a surface. Also looking at line drawing works of artists considered as Outsiders, such as Art Brut artists. The past three months took me on a troubled journey which raised many questions: what is the scale of an object, how do I react to material, how do I react to sites in the city, and what is it that I am seeing, perceiving and the drawing. I'm less interested in the act of drawing, but rather on its outcome; the transformation when it is mixed into other formats. As an example, the drawing printed on a cloth, the drawing within software, in virtual space, the work carved or printed out on a 3D printer. What is this transformation of the line into its relation to a given medium? The Imaginary world from the drawing on paper finds new directions, new collisions with new materials. Through this comes the possibility for collaboration, and then the opportunity to see how that moves ahead. Maybe it leads to a reading on how gaming functions, how a character plays a Role, a character in the virtual world as an immersive experience, a work in which someone can walk inside of, to experience what sound, means for me.

Imagined Worlds

Artist/Researcher