Bulletin #20. FIBERS by Renata Zas

 

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Bulletin #20
FIBERS. Voice, skin and earth

by Renata Zas

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Abstract:

This paper is aimed to invoke a different direction to the crisis that digital life and the Anthropocene are forcing us to face as humanity: instead of a speculative imagination about egress, it will propose an intense recuperation of the potency of our sense of being nature, an extension of Earth, in our most immediate present. The shift that Western theory is making in order to think of an alternative to the irreversible damage we have provoked is to imagine a world-without-us. Would it be possible to imagine ways to avoid leaving our bodies, and instead to think, live, feel and process through them?
 

About the author:

Renata Zas (Buenos Aires, 1990) is an art researcher and curator based in Buenos Aires and other places. Between 2003 and 2008, she completed her secondary studies at Escuela Superior de Comercio Carlos Pellegrini, University of Buenos Aires. In 2009, she started contemporary art and management studies at ESEADE – Instituto Filadelfia (Buenos Aires). She was fellow of the Artists’ Program at Torcuato Di Tella’s University Art Department (Buenos Aires, 2015) and of Art and the Poetics of Praxis in Cognitive Capitalism at Saas Fee Summer School (Berlin, 2018). She also holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths University (London, 2017). Renata has recently received the scholarship BECAR Fondo Nacional de las Artes (Argentina) to travel to Italy for a month on a field research trip (2018). She is interested in horizontal practice as a work methodology and is currently researching the last and ever-expanding technological revolution whose effects are sensed both in human sensitivity and empathy. Renata has worked in Buenos Aires as assistant curator; coordinator, producer and programmer of artistic workshops for Centro Cultural Kirchner; assistant for contemporary art galleries, art editorials and art residencies. She also assisted artists and curators in different projects. Renata’s practice is influenced by curator and writer Rafael Cippolini, philosopher and media theorist Franco «Bifo» Berardi, and therapist Daiana Dominguez, among many others.

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