Cosmopolis #2: rethinking the human

Posted On:Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 | by project88newsadmin

 Munem Wasif, Seeds Shall Set Us Free II (detail), 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Project 88, Mumbai.

Munem Wasif, Seeds Shall Set Us Free II (detail), 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Project 88, Mumbai.

October 23–December 23, 2019

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
75004 Paris

Julieta Aranda / Adrián Balseca / Adriana Bustos / Cao Minghao and Chen Jianjun / Carolina Caycedo / Chang En-Man / Benvenuto Chavajay Ixtetelá / Emo de Medeiros / Valentina Desideri and Denise Ferreira da Silva / Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman / Fernando García-Dory INLAND / Clarisse Hahn / Hao Jingban / He Xiangyu / Sky Hopinka / Karrabing Film Collective / Sam Keogh / Francois Knoetze / Nandita Kumar / Lin Chi-Wei / Liu Chuang / Taus Makhacheva / Sandra Monterroso / Fangas Nayaw Claudia Peña Salinas Qiu Zhijie / Lisa Reihana / Tabita Rezaire / Buhlebezwe Siwani / Yasmin Smith / Dimitar Solakov and Nedko Solakov / Simón Vega / Walking Grass Agriculture / Tricky Walsh / Munem Wasif / Yu Guo

The platform
Cosmopolis focuses on research-based and collaborative art practices, constructing bridges between new forms of creative experimentation and critical vocabularies from contemporary theory, between reconceived geographies and histories. Through residencies, exhibitions, discursive programs and publications, it engages with artists whose work is concerned with the production of relationships and the exchange of knowledge. Cosmopolis #1: Collective Intelligence (2017, Paris) focused on new forms of artistic collaboration, while Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence (2018, Chengdu) saw artists envisioning how to draw on artificial and ecological intelligence towards collectively defined ends.

Cosmopolis #2
Today there is widespread discussion of the post-human, yet many artists and such path-breaking interdisciplinary thinkers as Sylvia Wynter and Silvia Federici remind us that most humans have been excluded from “universal” formulations of the human and the idea of humanity. The European Renaissance fashioned “man” to the exclusion of women and non-Christians, the latter increasingly defined through the invented paradigm of “lesser races.”

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