Pool 5: Art & Transhumanism (gLV) 

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Nummer und TypMFA-MFA-Po00.24F.005 / Moduldurchführung
VeranstalterDepartement Fine Arts
LeitungJörg Scheller
Anzahl Teilnehmendemaximal 18
ECTS3 Credits
VoraussetzungenCourse language: English
ZielgruppenMA Fine Arts students
Open for exchange students
Open for students from other departments

Interested students of other study programmes can register from 01 to 11 February 2024 by email to: studium.dfa@zhdk.ch.
You will be informed until the end of calendar week 7 about a possible participation.
Lernziele / Kompetenzen
  • Reading and understanding seminal texts of posthumanist and transhumanist theory
  • Analyzing and discussing works of art that deal with posthumanism and transhumanism
  • Visiting and exploring sites of posthumanist and transhumanist practices in the arts and popular culture
  • Developing a personal understanding of posthumanism and transhumanism with regard to one's own artistic practice
InhalteVisions of improving, expanding, or even overcoming human nature are probably as old as human nature itself. However, it is only since the 20th century that technology has advanced to such an extent that what once seemed like a distant utopia is now within reach. A liberal, post-essentialist zeitgeist, together with transgressive capitalism, has facilitated and encouraged experimentation on many levels of human existence. Ironically, it is the Anthropocene (from the Greek "anthropos", "human") that has made post- and transhumanism paradigmatic phenomena. Modern and contemporary art has reacted to the potentials of post- and transhumanism in a variety of ways, from warning against dehumanisation or fear of the rule of machines to affirming the emancipatory effect of technology.

The seminar offers an introduction to the philosophical concepts of post- and transhumanism, discusses their cultural, social, political implications and discusses various related art projects from the 20th and 21st centuries. Examples from everyday life and popular culture will also be considered. The course will conclude with a visit to a gym and the House of Electronic Arts Basel.

About the lecturer:

Jörg Scheller (*1979) is professor of art history in the Department Fine Arts and permanent guest professor at the Poznan University of the Arts, Poland. His essays are regularly published a.o. in DIE ZEIT, NZZ, frieze magazine, Camera Austria. Besides, he is the singer and bassist of the metal duo Malmzeit and a fitness instructor.
Bibliographie / LiteraturWill be handed out during the course.
Leistungsnachweis / TestatanforderungMandatory attendance (minimum 80%); active participation
TermineTime: 09:00 - 17:00 o'clock

CW 15: 08 / 09 / 10 / 11 / 12 April
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