For a strange future. Presentation of Xenofeminism. Gender technologies and reproduction policies by Helen Hester.

 

In collaboration with Hangar, “Xenofeminismo.Tecnologías de género y políticas de reproducción” by Helen Hester will be presented on November 15. With the participation of Caja Negra and Toni Navarro, and the subsequent presentation of the interdisciplinary biology collaborator DIY/DIWO Prototy_ome by Laura Benitez.

The prefix xeno- refers to the will to produce a type of feminism that adopts sexual diversity beyond any binary conception and that has the capacity to forge alliances and modes of solidarity with the different, the strange, the alien. From influences ranging from cyber-feminism, post-humanism, trans activism, materialism and accelerationism, xenofeminists project a world beyond notions of gender, sex, race, species and class, and understand nature as a space of conflict crossed by technology that must be constantly reconquered, especially by women about whom the idea of the “natural” with its reproductive mandate weighs overwhelmingly. The idea is to develop representations for a “strange future” that do not impose or condemn biological reproduction and that establish non-normative models of social reproduction based on the autonomy of bodies and sexual diversity, capable of promoting affective bonds and care beyond blood filiation.

On this occasion, we will activate Xenofeminism thanks to the collaboration with Prototy_ome, a clear example of xenophobic technology that took place throughout 2015 and 2017 in Hangar.

A collaborative inter(in)disciplinary project based on bio(info)technology Do it yourself [DIY] and Do it together [DIT] that has brought together a hybrid team, encompassing different skills and knowledge around their laboratories. From the biohacker perspective, based on trans-hack-feminisms, the projects involved in Prototyp_ome start from a common understanding of the concept of subjectivity, approaching it as a being-in-demand: in the same way that any binary construct is hacked in terms of gender, its technologies work with a non-essentialist corporeal materiality. We find this declared war against essentialism not only in the uses that Prototyp_ome makes of bio(info)technologies but also in a clear will to work, through practical processes, against the hegemonic discourses of the hegemonic discourses that support our bodies.

BIOS

LAURA BENITEZ
Professor, researcher and independent curator. Doctor in Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona with a thesis on the relationship between artistic practices and biotechnologies. She has been a guest researcher at Ars Electronica. She has participated in cycles as a lecturer, professor and guest researcher in different national and international institutions. She currently collaborates in different research projects, both academic and freelance. Her research focuses on processes of bio-resistance, civil bio-disobedience, ontological disorganization and non-human agents.

TONI NAVARRO

Toni Navarro has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona and is a Correspondent of the Collège de ‘Pataphysique. He has translated authors such as Jean Baudrillard and Franco Berardi ‘Bifo’; he has also published articles on gender theory, digital culture and contemporary thought. His main area of interest is the relationship between technology and emancipatory politics, especially in proposals such as accelerationism and xenofemism. He is the author of the prologue to the Spanish edition of Helen Hester’s book.

 

 

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