Intersubjectivity considered as both historical phenomenon and nascent mode of present-day relation.
This collection of essays considers the relationship between performance, subjectivity, and human agency. Encompassing both historical and speculative perspectives, this book explores the ways in which nonhuman (or trans/post-human) entities complicate notions of subjectivity and exert intersubjective pressures of their own on social, political, scientific, and philosophical discourses. Ranging from continental philosophy to more recent formulations that derive from systems theory, trans identity, and the emergent field of bot pedagogy, It approaches intersubjectivity as both historical phenomenon and nascent mode of present-day relation.
Contributions by Anselm Franke, Avram Alpert, Boris Groys, Erika Landström, Goshka Macuga, Hannah Black, Harry Burke, Jeanne Vaccaro, Josh Kline, Lucky Dragons, Mashinka Firunts Hakopian, Natasha Stagg, Sarah Harrison, Victoria Ivanova
Lou Cantor is a Berlin-based artist collective founded in 2011 whose main scope of interest is grounded in intersubjectivity and interpersonal communication. Lou Cantor's practice explores the polysemic mineﬁeld of contemporary communication, where medium, message, and meaning constantly fold back into each other. Lou Cantor's preferred theater of operations, in other words, is that which a certain French theorist has termed the “Empire of Signs” and their preferred subject the spell cast by the enigma of signification on the minds of this Empire's peoples. Based on the collectives actual field of research they regularly release readers and contribute to various publications.
Katherine Rochester is Associate Director of Curatorial Research at VIA Art Fund.