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Johanna Bruckner’s text is a speculative proposal for new types of interspecies sexuality and subjectivity that could take us beyond oppressive binaries, based on her work Molecular Sex which is featured in the transmediale 2020 group exhibition The Eternal Network at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Just as quantum computing promises a world of networks in which ones and zeroes simultaneously coexist with one another, Bruckner’s artwork describes a fictive future sexbot that is seemingly able to freely mutate from one state of being to another. Taking its cue from a sea creature called the “brittle star,” this bot is a portrait of social, technological, and bio-chemical entanglements, as they exist in (non)human networks, after the impact of phenomena such as micro-plastics. Following the writings of Karen Barad, the project asks how the molecularization and indeterminacy of being, today, might inform queer and hybrid futures better tooled to deal with current technological, political and ecological changes.