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In 2019 the Western Australian (WA) government recategorised the dingo (Canis dingo) as a wild dog (Canis familiaris) whose status is legally declared to be a pest. Despite their iconic native status, Canis dingo has been deterritorialised, rendered non-existent and liable to be disposed of by inhumane means exempt from cruelty legislation. Dumped in a legal black hole via a signifying regime of signs, dingoes are confronted with the fact of their own non-existence. Drawing on Deleuze and Guattari’s statement that ‘language is made not to be believed but to be obeyed, and to compel obedience’ (1987: 76), I examine order-words of pest, native, fauna and wild dog to shift the focus from the words’ meaning to what they do in WA and why. I explore entangled narratives of naming and hunger. The argument for erasing dingoes is primarily economic - loss of livestock or pastoral ‘assets’ – while the important ecosystemic transformation of territorial structures by dingo eradication is minimised. I subsequently enquire whether dingo might become a password; a component of passage towards betrayal, such that dingoes might exist under reprieve in a post-signifying regime. I argue that post-signifying regimes are codified and stratified, however, as subjects are individuated along lines of subjectification. I conclude by contemplating whether it is possible to break with subjectification, liberating these demonic non-human animals from the signifiers which territorialise them and permitting dingoes to become-animal.
11:30am - 12:00pm
Arachnean Becoming Ariadnean: Networks of Mitopoesis and Minotechnesis in Posthuman Life and Living
University of Suffolk, United Kingdom
We (humans) have come to crave for charging our devices and are often asked to prove to a machine organised reality that we are not robots. We have never been closer to animal and machine at the same time, experiencing a vampiric consumption of goods, identities and options, which Rosie Braidotti calls advanced capitalism. Tin this context I will interrogate two modes of life: the lived experience as veoma (bios) and the lived matter as zoë in the context of eating and feeding. The first I see as posthuman deterritorialization of becoming animal in reference to constructed desire (arachnean) and the latter as affective, fabulative haecceity of becoming machine via fiction (ariadnean). I will follow an interdisciplinary standpoint, both ecological and pedagogical to look at Fernard Deligny’s work and his ontology of nets studying the spider (aragne). To deterritorialize and position ideas in a post-theory context, I then turn to Deleuze and Guattari whose cartography of the rhizome echoes Deligny and examine the lived condition as experience of becoming and life as the conditioning of intelligent autopoetic matter; two realities in conviviality. Referencing Simon O’Sullivan and his notion of mythotechnesis and mythopoesis, two neologisms will emerge and be defined: mitopoesis (creation of mitos; thread) and minotechnesis (amodern production of fabulae). The outcome of this investigation is a lexicon entailing reference to posthumanism, neuroaesthetics and evolutionary biology, particularly discognition and the ‘thinking as’ approach by Steven Shaviro and Rob DeSalle’s plateau of craving that signifies desire and the ‘metaphorical’ brain, respectively.
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Becoming Virus: Control, Desiring Machine, and the Anthropocene
National Taiwan University, Taiwan
In the time of the quasi-pandemic caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, the need of “becoming virus” makes itself urgently felt. Virus has been considered the most popular trope for the postmodern condition. On the one hand, thinkers such as Baudrillard and Derrida warned that we have been infected by control viruses such as the image-virus or terrorism-virus while on the other, the trope of virus has also been frequently deployed by Derrideans and Deleuzians as the very weapon to fight the major illness of our time which is manifested mainly in the society of control. How do we explain this contradictory phenomenon? The problem with the trope of virus is that two kinds of virus are often simultaneously evoked by it. We are infected by a virus (call it modernity-virus) at the core of our culture which in turn incurs the virus attack from outside of us. Originated with hylomorphism and hyperactive in modernity, this virus deep inside of us privileges clear boundaries between things (most fundamentally between the human and the non-human) and facilitates the Anthropocene. Whatever the origin of the outbreak at Wuhan, the virus causing it was no doubt the product of humans impinging on and tinkering with evolution, “aparallel” rather than linear though it is. What is urgently required of us is becoming virus in the sense of deploying “viroid life” to undermine the system of control spawned by the modernity-virus so that the possibility of real viruses as desiring machines engendering risk societies could be minimized.