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Episode 4: November 6, 20h

Seminars: November 7, 2017

LIVERATION. PROMETHEUS DELIVERED

An Environment of Living Cells, Voices, Soundscapes, Text, Bodies and Distillation Processes giving birth to a Conceptual Narration on Biotechnological Divination

Abstract

LIVERATION. PROMETHEUS DELIVERED tells a story that oscillates between science fiction and horror, utopia and dystopia. The episode connects sculpture, literature, music and performance with biochemical processes in which liver cells are fermented and distilled to alcohol. The narrative leads into the recesses of a new materialism where the human body and its tissues are subjected to radical sustainability.
The cannibalism of the future will not derive from amorality or dark evil, but from the principle of autotroph resource utilization. Autophagy is no longer metonymic with the savage, the uncivilized and the pre-modern; instead, it is the ethical imperative for a posthuman world and reflects the desire for attaining a paradisiac state of self-containment. LIVERATION refers to the ancient tradition of hepatoscopy. The organ that was once deemed the seat of life becomes the episode’s point of departure to read humanity’s future VERMÖGEN in the context of a cellular economy.

Keywords

Conceptual narration; science fiction; horror; biotechnology; cannibalism; posthumanism; cellular economy*

*In a cellular economy, the factory shrinks to the size of a biological cell. Cellular factories will in the future produce all essential resources and goods.

Contributors

Ildiko Babos, Haymon Maria Buttinger, Nehle Dick, Thomas Feuerstein, Swintha Gersthofer, Jens Hauser, Christian Reiner, Peter Szely

Film / live-broadcast: tba



Thomas Feuerstein, PROMETHEUS DELIVERED, 2017
Sound: Szely, Time lapse: déjàvuFilm