Einleitung für Thema|Weinviertler Fotowochen | 22. 07. 2017 - 05. 08. 2017
opening: 22.7.2017 um 10 Uhr
In August 2016 at the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, a scientific expert group recommended to introduce the term Anthropocene [from ancient Greek: anthropos = human and kainos = new] to define a geological epoch in which human activities have become the most significant influencing factor on the natural processes on earth. While the exact date of the Anthropocene’s dawn is still debated, the signals increase, that the anthropocentric world view already has been severely shaken. The philosophy of Posthumanism denies the exceptional position of mankind, describing humans as only one among many natural species. Art now is concerned with other ecologies, alternative social designs and discovers—in collaboration with science—that we are surrounded by a variety of other intelligences. More and more artists have dealt with artificial intelligence and biological systems, animal behavior and instincts. The Weinviertler Fotowochen summer school focus on the artistic intercourse with animals: on how we relate ourselves to other kinds of thinking, feeling and acting. And ultimately to how much animal we discover in us humans. Tongue-in-cheek included.