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Speculative Lecture: Becoming Post-Human by Professor Ute Meta Bauer

2 Apr 2019, Tue 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
The Lab, Block 43 Malan Road

Situating the post-humanist position between artificial intelligence and forces of nature, in this lecture Professor Bauer suggests that the current debate about future scenarios, reflecting economic and ecological circumstances of the present, is not about humanity in itself. Rather, Prof Bauer locates the source of tension to be within the pervasiveness of an anthropocentric perspective and action that dominates much of human life. Following the lecture, Prof Bauer will be joined by Sophie Goltz for more in-depth discussions.

Becoming Post-Human responds to the current research presentation in the Lab, Vapour Islands: to live and die well together in a thick present*. The presentation quotes the seminal text by Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (2016), which has been read as a response to the rising sense of alarm surrounding ecological discourses on the Anthropocene, the current geological epoch named for the defining influence of human activity on the Earth’s ecosystems.



Ute Meta Bauer is the Founding Director of the NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Previously, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, where she also served as Founding Director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (2005–13). For more than three decades, Bauer has worked as curator of exhibitions and presentations, connecting contemporary art, film, video, and sound through transdisciplinary formats including as co-curator of Documenta11 and the 3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. She also co-curated the US Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale featuring eminent artist Joan Jonas. She publishes regularly on artistic and curatorial practice. Bauer was an expedition leader of TBA21-Academy The Current (2015–18) exploring the Pacific Archipelago and littorals that are most impacted by climate change and human interventions in their environments.

Sophie Goltz is Deputy Director, Research & Academic Programmes at NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University Singapore. Goltz was the Artistic Director of Stadtkuratorin Hamburg (City curator) from 2013 to 2016, and has worked as Senior Curator and Head of Communication and Public Programmes at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein between 2008 and 2013, becoming Associate Curator in 2014. Goltz worked as curator and art editor for various international exhibitions, including Documenta 12 (2007), Project Migration (2004- 06), Documenta 11 (2002), 3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2003 – 04). She has taught at the Technical University Berlin, the Academy of Applied Arts Vienna, and the Academy of Arts Berlin-Weißensee, amongst others, and writes regularly for publications and art magazines.



Image caption: Vapour Islands: to live and die well together in a thick present*, 2019, installation view. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.