Deterritorialising Death : Queerfeminist Biophilosophy and Ecologies of the Non/Living in Contemporary Art

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Radomska , M 2020 , ' Deterritorialising Death : Queerfeminist Biophilosophy and Ecologies of the Non/Living in Contemporary Art ' , Australian Feminist Studies , vol. 35 , no. 104 , pp. 116-137 . https://doi.org/10.1080/08164649.2020.1802697

Title: Deterritorialising Death : Queerfeminist Biophilosophy and Ecologies of the Non/Living in Contemporary Art
Author: Radomska, Marietta
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
Date: 2020-04-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Australian Feminist Studies
ISSN: 0816-4649
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/327196
Abstract: In the contemporary context of environmental crises and the degradation of resources, certain habitats become unliveable, leading to the death of individuals and species extinction. Whilst bioscience emphasises interdependency and relationality as crucial characteristics of life shared by all organisms, Western cultural imaginaries tend to draw a thick dividing line between humans and nonhumans, particularly evident in the context of death. On the one hand, death appears as a process common to all forms of life; on the other, as an event that distinguishes human from other organisms. Against this background, this article explores how contemporary art-in particular, the series of worksThe Absence of Alice(2008-2011) by Australian new-media and bioartist Svenja Kratz-challenges the normative and human-exceptionalist concept of death. By employingqueerfeminist biophilosophyas a strategy that focuses on relations, processes and transformations instead of 'essences', the article examines the ways Kratz's worksdeterritorialisethe conventional concept of death. In this way, it hopes to attend to the intimacies between materialities of a human and nonhuman kind that form part of the processes of death and dying, and what follows, to reframe ethico-ontology of death as material and processual ecologies of the non/living.
Subject: 6132 Visual arts and design
queerfeminist biophilosophy
death
the non/living
Queer Death Studies
art
Svenja Kratz
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