Galerija za zvok, bioakustiko in umetnost / Gallery for sound, bioacustics and art

Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

Wednesday, 13. February 2019 at 8.00 p.m.
Kino Šiška, Katedrala Hall
Documentary Film, education screening
+ lecture by Katja Čičigoj

Projection of documentary film with Donna Haraway is a playful and interesting research of her life, influences, and ideas. Haraway narrates with passion and frequently visits subplots, the film is structured as a sequence of conversations that she helped to form, on various themes, including Capitalism and Anthropocene.

Katja Čičigoj will present the author in the introductory lecture and highlight some of her crucial concepts and their meaning for contemporary society.

A still from Fabrizio Terranova’s documentary, “Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival” (2016). Image via earthlysurvival.org.

Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival
Fabrizio Terranova
BE / 2016 / 82′
Engish subtitle

Donna Haraway is one of the strongest and most relevant voices of our age, someone who enables us to think about what is happening to us today by, as I wrote on the occasion of the translation into French of one her books, “producing hope on the brink of the abyss”. She embodies today what can be described as “ecosophical” thinking – acute, demanding, not taking the easy route, but conveying a propositional power we desperately need. Admittedly Haraway is only starting now to be translated into French, and this delay can be attributed in part to the difficulty of her language.
But when she talks, the intensity, humour and sincerity she expresses make this difficulty disappear. Fabrizio Terranova’s film should be a real revelation to anyone who finds her a difficult writer, and should be shown in several places, including research centres and anywhere in the world where tomorrow’s thinking is being worked on. Fabrizio Terranova’s cinematic choice, a pseudo-realist but discretely fictional one, corresponds very precisely to the mode of presence that makes this portrait a model of integrity. Neither taking over nor offering a neutral opinion, it is a device that constrains Haraway no more than it constrained Josée Andréi, the subject of his first, admirable film, but leaves them to use their own mode of being honest and entrusts in the work of the image the responsibility of turning this recorded document into a co-created documentary work. I am profoundly grateful to this director for knowing how to use his talent, his intelligence and his sensitivity to serve what will be a real transmission of intelligence and emotion. I would also like to emphasise the exceptional confidence that he was able to inspire in Haraway, whose recorded lectures are so far all we know about her, allowing her to give free rein to a “thought” live.

Isabelle Stengers, May 2016
(Professor in philosophy & social sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels)

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