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a speculative mythology for a future practice of kinship and distance video, 2020
This video was created for the Humanities on the Brink online symposium sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and the University of California, Santa Barbara, 10-31.07.2020.
from the abstract:
The humanities have only recently welcomed wildness and nonhuman bodies into their broader discourse, and already now, it seems, we need to practice distance. Inspired by Aníbal Garcia Arregui’s essay "Viralscapes. The Bodies of Others After COVID-19" and the news about tigers from a US ZOO apparently suffering from COVID-19, my presentation will address the ambivalence of closeness and the trouble with practices of care. As social critters, how do we create these new mythologies of kinship from a distance that is safe for all those involved? What does safe mean? How do you practice distancing when you don’t have space? When does it lead to people abandoning dogs and killing bats? In my search I will look into clues provided by contemporary visual arts, to identify possible strategies for a future of distance.