Belonging in the Cyborg Age
Is the concept of belonging purely a state of mind or is it about the choices that we make in the pursuit of intimate relationships, especially in our increasingly digitally hyper-connected world? Do we have a reductionist view of intimacy and belonging, focusing only on how it relates to our perception of what it means to be human in relation to other humans? What has been the role of technology and social media in this 21st Century narrative of belonging? What could be possible if we take a living system approach to belonging by reframing our understanding of intimate relationships and therefore the potential of kinship in this age of cyborgs?
This course is part of Week 3 of the KINSHIP Online Course. In Week 3, we dive into Relational Ecosystems.
We will look at the grounds in which relationships form. Where exactly does kinship arise? What is the importance of place in all of this? Why is context critical? We will look at how the quality of the environment and the architecture of the spaces we inhabit informs the quality of our relationships. We will explore how unusual “places”, like the internet, or a science lab, can also lead to forms of kinship, and why this is important in a time when many feel they need to retreat to pristine nature in order to feel connection (this option is widely unavailable). This session is about where we find ourselves.
KINSHIP: An Online Course
Adah Paris #
Adah is a polymath, anti-disciplinary artist, tech futurist & activist who’s work explores the anatomy of transformation. Adah’s work sits at the intersection of living systems & indigenous community practices, & digital and emerging technologies, all under the philosophical idea and systems framework that she developed called cyborg shamanism. She is Artist in Residence at The Santa Barbara Centre for Art Science & Technology. In 2021 and 2020, she was long-listed as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Technology.