"We are gradually becoming aware that man is not the center of the universe, and that we need to expand our understanding of what it means to be human today."
"If Humanism at its core is exclusionary and perpetuates binary notions of the human and the Other, Posthumanism deconstructs any ontological hierarchy. It created a multidimensional network of beings entangled with other beings."
“Imagining the human since the rise of capitalism entangles us with ideas of progress and with the spread of techniques of alienation that turn both humans and other beings into resources. Such techniques have segregated humans and policed identities, obscuring collaborative survival. The concept of the Anthropocene both evokes this bundle of aspirations, which one might call the modern human conceit, and raises the hope that we might muddle beyond it. Can we live inside this regime of the human and still exceed it?”
The belief that this enormous, existential problem could have been fixed if all of us had just tweaked our consumptive habits is not only preposterous; it’s dangerous.
“The mastery of fire by our ancestors provided humankind with a powerful monopolistic tool unavailable to other species, that put us firmly on the long path towards the Anthropocene.” -Will Steffen, Paul J. Crutzen, and John R. McNeill
The general aim of the Anthropocene Curriculum is thus to transform interdisciplinary exchange into an operative tool and catalyze active collaboration between research and education.
"Post-social communities are posthuman unions, which are grounded by the coexistence on this planet. The concept of the “the posthuman,” stands for, as Laura Forlano identified, “the non-human, the multispecies, the anthropocene, the more than human, the transhuman and the decentering of the human.”
"Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world." - Rachel Carson
This is a history.
But there is only one history. It began with the creation of man and will come to an end when the last
human consciousness is extinguished. All other beginnings and endings are arbitrary conventions—
makeshifts parading as self-sufficient entireties, diffusing petty comfort or petty despair. The cumbrous
shears of the historian cut out a few figures and a brief passage of time from that enormous tapestry. Above
and below the laceration, to the right and left of it, the severed threads protest against the injustice, against
It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that
Look about you in all direction—rise higher, rise higher!—and see hills beyond hills, plains and rivers.
History is one tapestry. No eye can venture to compass a hand’s-breadth of it.
-- Thornton Wilder, The Eighth Day (New York: Harper and Row, 1967)
With its melding of human and geological histories, the Anthropocene necessitates a
revised conception of the human, of various ontological distinctions and their
attendant ethics. As environmental disasters loom uncannily within our familiar,
domestic foreground, we are forced to think of ourselves as a species, with, as
Margaret Ronda puts it, shared ‘anthropogenic agency’; likewise, the ‘human race’
becomes ‘a nonhuman geophysical force’, as our physical actions resound on
planetary levels (2014: 103).
“I see Posthumanism as a methodology: a conceptual framework that can be applied to the field of graphic design to develop methods and strategies that allow us to co-navigate the constantly evolving design landscape.”