Metahuman Think Tank – Platoon

Movements of disturbance: Excess ecology, post-digital networks, and queer illegibility.

This screening and panel includes three research-based artist presentations that use political disturbance to speculate, envision, and perform posthuman, metahuman, and unhuman futures.


Wed 7th August 2013


Pinar Yoldas, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University

“An Ecosystem of Excess” An Ecosystem of Excess is an attempt to create a post-human eco-system, a living community of speculative organisms and their environment. The project takes the idea that we are surrounded by “man-made extreme environments” as its starting point. According to the primordial soup theory, about four billion years ago life starts in the oceans when inorganic matter turns into organic molecules. Today, the oceans have turned into a plastic soup . This project asks a very simple question:”If life started today in the oceans of plastic, what kind of life forms would emerge out of this contemporary primordial ooze? To answer this question the project suggests a series of interconnected species burgeoning in pelagic plastic, chemical sludge and other debris.

Micha Cárdenas, Media Arts + Practice, University of Southern California

“Building the Movements to Keep Us Safe” Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets) is an artivist project focused on creating digital and non-digital networks of communication to increase community autonomy and reduce violence against women, LGBTQI people, people of color and other groups who continue to survive violence on a daily basis. Autonets considers how movement is a technology that can be used for decolonization and how dance and performance can be used to develop networks for community based responses to violence.

Zach Blas, Literature, Information Science + Information Studies, Visual Studies, Duke University

“Queer Illegibility and the Facial Weaponization Suite” Facial Weaponization Suite develops forms of collective, artistic protest against biometric facial recognition, global surveillance, and informatic capture–as well as the inequalities these technologies propagate–by making masks in community-based workshops that are used for public intervention and performance. These masks are forms of queer escape and opacity that refuse the parsing, categorizing, and calculations of standardized, normalized recognition and perception registers; the masks attempt to generate a presence that is illegible to such forms of control. One mask in the suite, the Fag Face Mask, is a response to scientific studies that link determining sexual orientation through rapid facial recognition. This mask is generated from the biometric facial data of many queer men’s faces, resulting in a mutated, alien facial mask that cannot be read or parsed by biometric facial recognition technologies.


Micha Cardenas, Zach Bas and Pinar Yoldas Think Tank Program

PLATOON . cultural development schönhauser allee 9 10119 berlin . germany
tel: +49-(0)30-2888-2160

parking lot available!


by public transportation
U2 to Senefelder Platz, walk south (2min)
U2, M8, Bus 142 to Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, walk north (2min)
U8 to Rosenthaler Platz, walk east (6min)

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