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MOON CLOWN MOON ANIMALS #3

In Friendship with Kaunas International Film Festival

MOON CLOWN MOON ANIMALS, the poet CA Conrad writes back in the aftermath the Hurricane Harvey, that throughout August 2017 has presented itself all through Texas. There is a lure to claim that the Harvey has abused the land of Texas, has tormented its inhabitants, has broken parts of its infrastructure, yet looking from the Ecopoetical perspective (of which CA Conrad is a vocal contributor), this is equally one of the many deteriorated shrieks of the Earth in the face of systemic curses directed towards our planetary shelter. Conrad, singularly with his(Soma)tic Poetry Exercises (aka Rituals), and through physical interaction with humans and with extant and extinct non-human others, attempts to „create an extreme present" as he themselves call it. To „stay with a trouble", as Donna Haraway would put it, alluding to the practices of learning to be truly present IN REAL AND PARTICULAR PLACES and „not (...) between awful or edenic pasts and apocalyptic or salvific futures, but as mortal critters entwined in myriad unfinished configurations of places, times, matters, meanings".

FABRIZIO TERRANOVA, DONNA HARAWAY: STORYTELLING FOR EARTHLY SURVIVAL (2016, 90'). DECEMBER 4, 7 pm at SIX CHAIRS BOOKS (Kaunas Artists' House, V. Putvinskio 56)

Donna Haraway’s groundbreaking work in science, technology, gender and trans-species relationships over the last four decades is marked by her deep commitments to feminism and environmentalism. Refusing to distinguish between humans and animals and machines, she proposed new ways of understanding our world that challenge normative structures and boundaries. Her approach to writing is equally distinct, breaking with prevailing trends in theory by embracing narrative techniques in painting a rebellious and hopeful future. Recognizing her singular talent for storytelling, Fabrizio Terranova spent a few weeks filming Haraway and her dog Cayenne in their Southern California home, exploring their personal universe as well as the longer development of Haraway’s views on kinship and planetary welfare. Animated by green screen projections, archival materials and fabulation, Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival is an appropriately eccentric response to a truly original thinker.

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