What does it mean to be human? To engage as a human? To pass as a human?
Sunaura Taylor is an artist, writer and activist for disability and animal rights. In this video we explore the central argument of her book, ”Beasts of Burden”, that aims to show how ableism and speciesism are intertwined, working with one another as oppressions. Taylor posits that often, ableist positions are used to justify speciesist actions. This is why „veganism … is an embodied practice of challenging ableism through what we eat, wear, and use and a political position that takes justice for animals as integral to justice for disabled people”.
This is a story inspired by our deep connections with each other, with our mothers and with earth, through and with our bodies. How do we learn to love what we eat, and how do we learn what, or who, is edible? Take a seat and listen to this life-long conversation between a mother and a daughter.
Audre Lorde was a Black lesbian feminist poet. She was a fierce activist and listening to her can be both empowering and soothing in these times of crisis - a crisis of capitalist exploitation that led us to a climate crisis and a pandemic that makes deeper the already existing inequalities. But one can learn to live with fear and beyond it, with disease and beyond it, and most importantly, with each other - care and organize, for each other.
Timothy Morton puts us on a path where the white western version of the world is gone. The smooth and blank stuff that can be changed as “we” please is no longer here. Massive entities like global warming are pushing us towards this realization as they are slowly changing our habitual pattern. Anthropocentrism is shaken from the ground because existence just is coexistence with other lifeforms.
What does „Make kin, not babies” mean? Why is it relevant and why is it dangerous? The video takes into account the critiques it has received from feminist marxists and others. Moreover, it tries to show how the concept was expanded by other feminist philosophers and thinkers, as well as how Haraway herself enmeshed it into her own work about living and dying and about staying with the trouble in the Chthulucene.
Are we failing the climate crisis? Are we taking it on, enough? This year has been rowdy, people have risen all over the globe in a wave of climate protests. We’ve had more and more talk of what actions to take, and more hope, despite the heat-waves, despite the fires and the destruction. But how should we teach, and learn, in a world affected by greenhouse gas emissions? In a world changed irrevocably, a world we need to steer into another direction? The climate crisis is our final exam.
It often feels like the only way we can keep up with the world’s speed is to eat while we work, work while we commute, multitask to exhaustion. Why is this world so sped up, we wonder, what is it about our economic, material, social condition that keeps us running in lanes? There are many causes to our alienation, some, deeper than others. Let’s slow down today, slow down collectively.
What does it mean to be human in an age of anthropic induced climate change? What words should we use, what actions should we take and how did we get here? We’re just wondering, but just wondering is not enough right now. So let’s wonder whereto, and then act.
So much of our lives are online, and yet we understand so little about what this means. In this video, we’re just wondering, how are our identities handled in cyberspace? How can we newly conceptualize privacy, who owns our data, and how much control do we have over what we share with friends and strangers? Big data is getting bigger by the second, and we might need to decide what we want to do with it as a society. Before something or someone else makes the choice for us.
Have you ever wondered about what we all have in common? Not just breathing - but beyond that, what are our commons, our human commons? And beyond that - the commons of living things, all living things? In this essay, we’re exploring the idea of the commons down to the ontological base. Come, think with us.
What’s up with this thing we sense through, our body? Hearing, seeing, smelling, accessing the world, all done through a bunch of complicated flesh with nervous networks within it. We’re just wondering … how is the body shaped by the very different cultures, times and spaces it inhabits?
How did humans get to be such a successful species? And more urgently what's next in store for them? Here are some possible answers, based on historian Yuval Noah Harari's new book, Homo Deus.
Perhaps, or maybe not yet! But sometime, in the near future, it will come...and you know it... that feeling of satiety, of desire, just to do something new, to see another landscape, or to be anywhere else. You might think that the outside world has better alternatives for boredom, but is it so? For sure, the world brings you interesting experiences and quick fixes, but for the long run, you might just be alone from time to time, with your thoughts and emotions...
Whether you look at it from an individual level or on a global scale, the choices that you make every day have an impact upon your surroundings, because of the simple fact that we are interconnected and that we rely solely on this planet and its resources. We constantly have to choose between those substances and foods that are nutritious and those that we think are will appease our appetite at a given time...