Natasha Lushetich

TALKS

In recent years, disorder has become synonymous with hyperbolic growth, with the viral spreading of noxious agents, and with the exhaustion of cultural reserves. Disorder is perceived as a threat, but does it have to be?

Beginning with the 1960-70s’ work of John Cage, the Fluxus artists, Yayoi Kusama, and Paul McCarthy, and continuing with the 2000-10s’ work of Agostino Di Scipio, Jiang Pengyi, Kuai Shen, and SymbioticA, this paper places traditional Chinese notions of disorder as turbulence in dialogue with the recent scientific-philosophical paradigms, such as Karen Barad’s ‘posthuman performativity’. Through an analysis of unexpected temporal directions, fractal spaces, collapsed orders of magnitude, social scatology, and cross-species mixing, it sketches a phenomenology of dis-ordered systems.

→ 12 ICAS 2017