Paper presented at the 16th Biennial Symposium for Arts and Technology at The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College on February 15, 16 and 17, 2018.
We are eager to move on from what feels like an obsolete theoretical frame. It is tempting to imagine possible futures whereby the old class, race, gender, categories will be obsolete. Developments in biotechnologies, specifically in faster gene editing transforming our construction of categories and axis of privilege and disadvantage that make traditional categories seem obsolete.
When speculating possible futures, we run the risk of losing political accountability in the fractures between the actual and the proposed. Becoming uncritical, supporting mainstream narratives, dominant relations of power. This is a search for concrete actual strategies not to disavow, not to lose accountability in the fractures between now and the possible futures, resourcing to art as a way to bridge the fissures between the fictional narratives, speculative fabulations, and the situated material accountability.