Teachers and Employees

Aschwanden, Daniel Univ.-Lekt.

title
WORKSHOP Leiter, site specific Performance, Body Work,
subtitle
projektorientierte Lehrtätigkeit
type
teaching
keywords
Art education, Educational Sciences, subject didactics
texts
description
On hybrids Hybrids exist since human culture exists. The old myths are actually full of them. Beings as a crossover between seemingly not compatible types of animals and humans – they depict the impossible, often merging the imaginary and real powers of the animals involved. Dog-Men being one of the oldest archetypes known in different high-cultures from ancient Egypt to China. In the 80ies and 90 ies of the past century Donna Harraway wrote the „Cyborg Manifesto“ – describing technological hybrids in the sense of technology invading the human bodies to create a new being as a human - machine interface. But in the light of new technologies appearing based on biological engineering a new type of bodies can potentially be created: Technologically mediated analog bodies – growing in natural ways and existing „in nature“. This situation changes the old definitions between „natural“ and „artificial“ – merging the two. It also can have a deep impact on questions of identity – if until now questions of „otherness“ have often been negotiated in terms of race and gender – there can be completely new terms of that negotiation – because we can imagine any type of „body“ to be created. What are the types of hybrids you can imagine? How would they appear in public space? What types of hybrids are already existing? How could we play with them? What bodily means do we have to physically express such creations? What transdisciplinary approaches can we use to create hybrids?
Lecturers
Daniel Aschwanden
contributors
China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
partner institution
date, time and location
date
2017-10-09 – 2017-10-14