O programa de pós-graduação em Comunicação e Semiótica da Pucsp convida para a palestra com a Profa Dra Christina Ljungberg – Universidade de Zurich
Local: Sala 20, Marques de Paranaguá
Dia e horário: 1 de setembro/2014, 17 hs
O corpo nas bordas: tecnologia, ambiente e a natureza pós-humana
The body on edge: technology, environment and posthuman nature
Recent developments in technology and science such as artificial intelligence, VR, robotics, nano and biotechnology have made the question of what, exactly, constitutes human nature more urgent than ever. In particular, the question of human enhancement and the normativity of human nature has come into sharp focus. Whereas transhumanists consider human enhancement almost a moral duty, their opponents argue that transhumanist views on what is human are just as normative as the ones they so persuasively attack. Posthumanists, for their part, investigate the physical, mental, sensorial, and cognitive changes human nature is undergoing and discuss how the human body in its interaction with the new techno-social and biocybernetic environment involves the human body as an evolutionary concept. Viewed in this way, the human body can be considered either an evolutionary architecture or a component of an extended operational system, as has been argued by the performance artist Stelarc. Stelarc explores this topic both physiologically and technically. He considers the body as concept and aims at rethinking it. Body boundaries have been explored by artists since time immemorial, but few have gone as far as Stelarc to permeate and even erase these boundaries in order to scrutinize and redesign the human body by opening it up to the outside environment and to external agents, while keeping it in constant oscillation. How is the human body positioned in such states? Can it be localized and mapped? What are the semiotic implications of the post-human body? To which extent will these developments keep the body on edge? What do they tell us about our post-human nature?
CV: Professor Christina Ljungberg has worked in Cultural Programming with Swedish and Canadian Television and now teaches English literature and media at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is particularly interested in the interface between art, technology and cognition and is just now launching together with Dr Rene Stettler, the founder of the Swiss Biennale on Science, Technics and Aesthetics, a PhD program attached to Roy Ascott’s Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, which specifically addresses artists, designers and researchers working in the field. She has just completed a book project on maps and mapping in fiction and is currently preparing a collection of essays on the interrelations between verbal and visual media as well as a book on the functions of diagrams and diagrammatic inscription.