Exhibition: CYBORG SUBJECTS, esc – medienkunstlabor Graz/Austria
“A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.” [Donna Haraway, „A Cyborg Manifesto“, 1985]
The term ‘cyborg’, short for Cybernetic Organism, first appeared in 1960 as part of a NASA project whose goal was the “conquest” of space. In 1985 Donna Haraway took up this militaristic, techno-humanistic figure in order to formulate a socialist feminist manifesto in which she particularly emphasises the ambiguous nature of the cyborg and a necessary overcoming of dualisms such as human/machine, female/male, etc., which in her view form the foundation of power relations. In the movement from an organic, industrial society to a polymorphous information system, knowledge, technical processes and also humans and other organisms are being disassembled into information units that are subject to a theory of language and control. Everything is rendered codable, everything becomes predictable. What, as Frieder Nake asks, has happened to our right to be unpredictable?
Due to ongoing corona lockdown and restrictions the exhibition is both online as well as offline!
All photos: © esc medien kunst labor, CYBORG SUBJECTS, Photo: Martin Gross
blog post image by Mario Klingemann