transmediale Marshall McLuhan Program 2019

transmediale Marshall McLuhan Program 2019

transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture 2019
Extending McLuhan’s Posthumanism: Feeling The Techno-Animal Embrace
By Jody Berland
Moderated by Helen Pritchard

Kinds of Caves and Wholes and Parts
Performance by Serena Lee

30 January 2019, 19:30, Doors open 19:00
Embassy of Canada, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin

On January 30, 2019, Jody Berland, Canadian professor in the department of Humanities at York University, Toronto, delivers this year’s McLuhan Lecture at the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, entitled Extending McLuhan’s Posthumanism: Feeling The Techno-Animal Embrace. In this lecture she is placing McLuhan’s definition of media technologies as prostheses that extend our limbs and nervous systems in the context of contemporary posthumanism. Considering that animals (just as media in McLuhan’s thesis) influence the sensory balance and experience of the human body, Berland opens a mediology of the animal through stories and images in order to illuminate essential links between our colonial past and our Anthropocene present.

Additionally, Canadian artist Serena Lee will present and perform her work Kinds of Caves and Wholes and Parts (2017), connecting to the thematics of Berland’s lecture through voice and a collage landscape of carpeted cat trees, office spaces, and a pensive feline inhabitant. Dead matter and living beings both seem to figure as potential feelings still pending between dream and reality.

In English; free admission upon pre-registration. Please register here.
Please present a valid photo-ID at the door and allow sufficient time for Embassy security.

The transmediale Marshall McLuhan Program is a cooperation between transmediale and the Embassy of Canada in Berlin.

 

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