Microbiopolitics in art : Joyful acts of insurrection

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-313
Journal / PublicationTechnoetic Arts
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


This article explores projects of art and biology as joyful acts of insurrection. It presents critical and creative perspectives to generate alternative structures of subjectivity. These alternative structures gain relevance when intersectional variables of privilege and discrimination as political tools are set in crisis by a postanthropocentric awareness. The thesis of this article is that in order to understand and develop postanthropocentric intersectional positions, the microbial posthuman joins the cartographies of the posthuman as a material possibility from microscopic biological matter and philosophical and artistic thought. This microbial posthuman also allows for a reframing in the light of microbiopolitics, a redistribution of pain, life and death within a broader notion of life.

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  • Bioart, Contemporary art, Feminism, Microbiopolitics, Posthuman, Practice as research

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