Between AI, a life as an animal and as a plant. An artistic and philosophical experiment.
Menschsein spielen proposes a video-philosophical re-reading of the work of one of the founders of philosophical anthropology, which defines human beings as organic beings in their belonging to the living.
Such a philosophical approach offers an effective theoretical tool for opening up original and pointed perspectives to redefine the crisis of anthropocentrism by putting the place and capacities of what is human in relation to what is non-human, be it living or technical. Helmuth Plessner’s work is really brought into play here and serves as the basis for experimental performances and the formulation of new concepts.
The publication gathers two films by Sylvie Boisseau & Frank Westermeyer, which are accessible in full length together with the book, as well as the text by David Zerbib:
– Der Freie Mensch – mit KI, Germany/Switzerland, video 4k, 7:43 min, 2019
– ƒ zwischen den Stufen des Organischen, Germany/Switzerland, video 4k, 20:40 min, 2021
– David Zerbib, Der Mensch, der Hund, der Roboter und die Seerose. Philosophische Anthropologie und Ästhetik des Falls ƒ, 2021
DAVID ZERBIB teaches philosophy of art at the Haute École d’Art et de Design (HEAD) in Geneva and at the École Supérieure d’Art Annecy Alpes (ESAAA). He is a member of the Centre for the History of Modern Philosophies at the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and researches contemporary aesthetics, especially questions of performance and performativity. Together with Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, he published Performance Studies in Motion. International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century (London: Bloomsbury 2014), edited the book In octavo. Des formats de l’art (ESAAA: Presses du réel 2015) and is responsible for the forthcoming edition of Helmuth Plessner’s Anthropologie philosophique de l’acteur. Imitation, expression et existence humaine (Paris: Presses de Paris Nanterre).
SYLVIE BOISSEAU is an artist. She lives and works in Berlin and Geneva. FRANK WESTERMEYER is an artist and associate professor at HEAD – Geneva. They work together under the name BOISSEAU/WESTERMEYER on video and film installations, among other artistic works, which are shown internationally both in art houses and at festivals.
With ƒ, an experimental figure they created in 1997, they try to show the extent to which language is permeated by projections and various expectations. It was only in 2010, during a research seminar, that their attention was drawn to the proximity of their work to the theories of Helmuth Plessner and the concept of eccentric positionality. Following this, they formulated the asubject of their second artistic research project, nach Produktion von Landschaft, Produktion von Identität. Künstlerische, ethnohistorische und anthropologische Perspektiven auf den Süden Chiles (19. bis 20. Jahrhundert).
The project presented here explores those forms and discourses that can emerge at the intersection of artistic and philosophical method.
Eds.: Agathe Lacroix, Manon Piel, David Zerbib, Sylvie Boisseau und Frank Westermeyer
Text: Sylvie Boisseau, Thomas Ebke, Frank Westermeyer, David Zerbib
Translation: Thomas Ebke
Design: Studio Formula
E-book production: Camila Coutinho
78 pages, 27 illustrations, 14 videos
fixed epub (390 MB)
Available in French and English from Naima: naimaunlimited.com
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