Below: Matthew Barney, Cremaster 4, 1994
According to Wolfe, comprehending a « new reality » in which human beings occupy a universe « populated by… nonhuman subjects » requires a posthumanism which entails « an increase in the vigilance, responsibility, and humility that accompany living in a world so newly, and differently, inhabited« . What is Posthumanism? does not present the reader with a definitive answer to the question posed by its title – this would hardly be possible at this juncture. It does, however, offer an embodiment of Wolfe’s vision played out in a wide array of cultural, institutional, and artistic sites of inquiry, with each chapter functioning as a stimulating theoretical probe contributing to the emergence of a new paradigm of research and knowledge.
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