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Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art – E-Flux

Posted: June 22, 2017 at 4:58 am

Tue Greenfort Tue Greenfort Eats Den Frie June 16August 13, 2017

Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art Oslo Pl. 1, 2100 Kbenhavn Denmark

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A section of industrially farmed land and a fertilizer fountain. Prototaxitesa 400-million-year-old fungus, the primeval fungus and fungus of all fungi. The Periphylla Periphylla jellyfish, a barometer of the state of the ocean. Wasteland, terrain vague, vacant lotall terms for areas that are not earmarked for any specific purpose, but bear the marks of human activity and random remains. In the exhibitionTue Greenfort Eats Den Frie, the galleries are infiltrated by living organisms and organic processes in dialogue with their surroundings and their human audience. With great precision, Tue Greenfort draws our attention to the complex relationship between human self-perception and nature. Fascinated by the mechanisms and mysteries of the natural world, he challenges the economic, social, political and biological realities that challenge our apparently persistent view of an omnipotent humankind, superior to its surroundings. It is with great pleasure that we open the doors to the large-scale total installationTue Greenfort Eats Den Frie, which extends throughout all six galleries of Den Frie. Greenforts title refers to the French philosopher and science historian Michel Serres classical textThe Parasite. Serres compares human relations with the parasites relationship to the host body. The relationship between host and guest, the gestures of invitation and acceptance, are a recurrent theme for Serres. For Greenfort, it is the exchange between the art institution and artist that comes into play. In accepting the invitation to exhibit at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, he ingests and eatsliterallyDen Frie and eats his way into the very innards of the art institution. In doing so he tampers with the division of roles, asking: who gives and who receives? Who is the parasite and who is the host? Who is eating who? When Greenfort focuses on issues like the loss of biodiversity in Danish agriculture, or oxygen depletion in the oceans, he does so without any pedantic finger pointing. What is at stake here is not that clear-cut, and the artist is more interested in localising and identifying the complexities that form the foundations of our mindset. Numerous artists have addressed climate issues in recent decades, but Greenfort distinguishes himself by having a nuanced, philosophical and far-reaching view of our perspective on nature and what he terms “the crisis of the Enlightenment.” The wider theoretical context for the exhibition is Greenforts interest in post humanism and the Anthropocene epoch.According to numerous theorists, we now live in the Anthropocene age, a new geological epoch in which the planet has been shaped as much by human presence as by nature itself. Humans have left such marked traces on earth that they will be visible in the geological layers of the future, making any conventional distinction between nature and culture increasingly blurredand increasingly irrelevant.Greenforts work goes beyond them, setting the stage for a renegotiation of the concept of nature and what he calls a post-Anthropocene political, ecological approach. Here he draws inspiration from the art historian T. J. Demos and his critical here-and-now analysis of theoretical, contemporary artistic and curatorial views of Anthropocene thinking and climate issues.

Tue Greenforts interdisciplinary practice addresses the relationship between the public and the private, nature and culture, formulatingoften with aesthetic effecta direct critique of the current climate debate, as well as economic and scientific methods of production. The issue of the artists role in society and their unique autonomy are both key points of departure for the exhibition. Greenfort works with what he calls an open work category, i.e. processual works of art that focus more on relations than concluding statements. With inspiration from the dynamics of nature, he problematises and thematises urgent contemporary issues surrounding ecology and its history. In keeping with SerresThe Parasite, here it is Greenfort who becomes the parasite, the outsider, who infiltrates the art institution to stir things up and provoke a public debate. As the artist himself says: Art has the ability to elaborate on and open up discourses without being labelled and categorized as this or that political faction.

Tue Greenfort has become a key voice on the international art scene with a large number of major exhibitions to his name, including his participation in dOCUMENTA 13 and Skulptur Project Mnster 2007 as well as solo exhibitions at SculptureCenter in New York and Secessionen in Vienna. This is, however, the first time Greenfort has been given the opportunity to have the exclusive use of so much space, makingTue Greenfort Eats Den Friehis largest solo show in Denmark to date.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact curator and head of press Kit Leunbach atkl [at] denfrie.dkor on T +45 23326870.

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Post-Humanism by Perry Stoddart on Prezi

Posted: July 29, 2016 at 3:09 am

900-1200 600 BCE Post Humanism By: Kali Nicholas, Bode Faleye, Sheldon Scoggins, Perry Stoddart and Hieu Nguyen PhysIologIcal Relations Within Posthumanism Genetic Alteration

Computer-Aid Insertion

Cryonics and Nanotechnology

Cyborgization Memes

Artificial Intelligence

Assimilation of machines into society

Reduce human need Politics What Post Humanism Means for Society? Will the Future be More or Less Human? Economics Ethics aspects of Posthumanism “We do not wish to survive in order to survive…but we wish to live in order to become more and more powerful. Here, power does not imply physiological or military power, but primarily intellectual power and the capacity to interpret the world and advertise ones own interpretation in a way that convinces others,” (Sorgner, “Beyond Humanism: Reflections on Trans- and Posthumanism” 13). Five approaches to Posthumanism – Antihumanism – Cultural Posthumanism – Philisophical Posthumanism – Transhumanism – Posthuman Condition Humanitys curiosity and never-ending quest for knowledge will make the process towards post humanism inevitable. Since the very idea of society and its principles were created by humanity, society will change alongside humanity and the resulting class of humans created through post humanism what is A posthuman? -Higher mental abilitity -Ability to fluidly change perspectives and manifest oneself through different ideas The Essence of Humanity Modification Pros and Cons It is a matter of personal opinion… Whether technology will bring us closer to or distance ourselves from becoming posthuman. Whether the future will be more or less human Cultural Humanism Technology is just a tool ANtihumanism PostHUmanism Rejects and criticizes traditional humanism Renaissance 5 Islamic Culture in Medieval Times Why Natural Transhumamism? Rebirth of Greco-Roman ideals and philosophies Religious focus–> Scholarly Focus Enlightenment Defying natural evolution

Possibly a superior class of humans

Better creatures, Less mortalities A Utopia, is it?

Natural transhumanism violates the doctrine of equality

The $250000 Panamera vs. the coal delivery man’s bicycle: a transhumanism see-saw catalyst Humankind + Natural Transhumanism ? -Superior (Highest order) Beings Ancient Asian Ancient Greece/Rome 1000-600 BCE 1650-1800 1400-1600 Social Reform Self concern for society Science and Philosophy Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, Individualism Skepticism towards supernatural

Focus on Human values Based on a certain self-definition vs anti-humanism being a lack of self-definition 600 BCE Technology Technology not just a tool Human dependency Posthuman redefines Human Nature, Current Perspectives and Philosophies What is Humanism? Current Perspective and Ideals of human nature viewed world in terms of reason rather than of gods 900-1200 -Will become useful in politics

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Tranhumanism End of Mankind As We Know It – Video

Posted: February 19, 2015 at 6:52 am



Tranhumanism End of Mankind As We Know It
intended for no iTunes access Timothy Alberino joins Sheila for a riveting conversation about the terrifying implications of Transhumanism/Post Humanism.

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