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ISSUE 62 — AUTUMN 2023 

What is posthumanist subjectivity? Which institutions, historical events, and philosophies continue to define its cultural coordinates? And how can we move towards new Posthumanism®™ approaches which disinherit the cultural strictures from continental philosophy and western art practices that subliminally privilege a very specific conception of the Human as universal human? The reconfiguration of methodologies, approaches, and optics demanded by this new ontological turn situates art as the most productive multidisciplinary forum by which to address the truly universal challenges posed by the Anthropocene.

                Posthumanist discourses, and subsequently conceptions of the Anthropocene, have been substantially shaped by implicitly unacknowledged structural omissions. A foundation level endemic confusion of the specific with the universal critically compromises any anticipated radical paradigm shifts to, as philosopher Sylvia Wynter (2015) would have it, “give humanness a different future”. Again, according to Wynter, it is important that we urgently shift the hollow universalizing terms that obscure the subjective positions of the “we” at the center of popular Anthropocene discourse. This reference point “is not the referent-we of the human species itself", a fungible planetary human figure, but rather a culturally discreet Human (or Human®™) with specific anthropogenic activities and relations, both structurally and conceptually.
   Which new conceptions of the Anthropocene may arise when geographical time collapses with historical time? What new thoughts on the Anthropocene can be revealed when we acknowledge that neither the responsibility nor the vulnerability of climate change, are evenly/universally distributed? How do we disrupt the narratives of the Anthropocene(s) that erase the roles and realities of the non-Human®™?

EDITOR IN CHIEF             


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in this issue

Hiba Ali 

Ilknur Demirkoparan 

Dalaeja Foreman 

Clareese Hill 

Ariel René Jackson

Esther F. Jansen  Vuslat D. Katsanis Mirela Kulović   

Betelhem Makonnen 

Katherine McKittrick 

Stephanie Polsky 

Joshua Williams 

Kathryn Yusoff  

mukhtara yusuf 


conditions of

How do we generate earthly knowledge and how do disciplinary lenses define what we see? Every act of seeing is an entan- gled instant in which two things manifest at once: what something is, together with what we imagine something to be.

mark dion


Roundup: An Entomological Endeavor for the Smart Museum of Art 2000/2006

Often concerned with questions of epistemology and representation, Mark Dion’s work is firmly grounded in institutional critique. Appropriating natural history methodologies and disrupting disciplinary ideologies, the artist produces empowering works of art that invite us to directly engage with the natural world.

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zoé strecker


Breeder’s Envy (Makrospondylitic Thoroughbred Skel- eton Mount) 2013

By extending the skeleton of an actual horse to the absurd length of 20 feet, Strecker—who lives in the famed horseracing state of Kentucky—fashioned what she calls “the stretch limousine of Thoroughbreds.” The work wryly reflects on the extreme alterations hu- mans make to other species for their own questionable ends.

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cole swanson


Specimen Hides 2021

Carefully painted on paper,

Swanson’s miniaturized cowhides problematize the relationship between representation and indexicality, observation and consumption.

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peggy macnamara


selected works

Macnamara captures that eerie embodiment of this living fossil, a specimen of which resides at the Field Museum of Natural History here in Chicago. While the details and proportions are exacting,
her free use of color sets her illustrations apart as expressive works rather than simply scientific renderings.cene and Anthropocene.

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Kenyan contemporary art     & the time of the posthuman


text  Joshua Williams

This essay explores questions of form, material and time in the work of the Kenyan artists Cyrus Kabiru, Wangechi Mutu and Wanuri Kahiu. It claims that Kabiru, Mutu and Kahiu’s work exists at the intersection of Afrofuturism and posthumanism.


A Billion Black Anthropocenes


in conversation: Kathryn Yusoff

and Betelhem Makonnen

Kathryn Yusoff examines how the grammar of geology is foundational to establishing the extractive economies of subjective life and the earth under colonialism and slavery.

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The Black tradition of forecasting


text and images Ariel René Jackson

This work is a theoretical analysis of socially-engaged-art practice as a political framework for grassroots organizing within communities deemed non-human by the hegemonic-white-supremacist- heteropatriarchal-colonial-capitalist gaze. Sylvia Wynter’s deconstruction of the “human” after the 1492 rupture is the base for reconceptualising 


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text: Clareese Hill

What if the Earth spoke to you as a black woman?

The essay seeks to explore themes of the Black female body as it equates to the poor care and condition of the Earth being thrust towards the Anthropocene.

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The postcollapse life


in conversation: Ilknur Demirkoparan,
Vuslat D. Katsanis, Mirela Kulovic'

In this conversation piece, the authors describe “postcollapse”
as a critical framework for rethinking human relationships and responsibility against the provincial identitari- anism dominant in both the Anthropocene discourse

and in the art world.

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text and images: Mukhtara Yusuf

In this performative multi-form
text, mukhtara yusuf explores postbrokenism as an alternative model for healing the broken ontological “covenant” between human and nonhuman.

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 "Internal documents revealed that Amazon surveils the number of warehouse workers participating in union activity, detective agencies that spy on warehouse workers, and track environmentalist groups’ participation by its workers"

Hiba Ali, p 61

"The elevation of Man above the natural world and constructed as ontologically different from backward, or “lesser” humans, are two sides of the same coin".

Esther F. Jansen, p 65

"What if the promise of the posthuman, like the promise of the postcolonial, resides less in its futurity than in the break it marks or makes in time itself?" 

Joshua Williams, p 72

"When we are talking about the An- thropocene we are actually talking about the induction of a globalizing material, spatial and affectual architecture into the world that can also be called colonialism and empire"

Kathryn Yusoff, p 87

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