Biopolitics, Affect, and Technological Embodiment
Nima Esmailpour and Kayvan Mohtadi
From the wearable electronic gadgets to the biomolecular organisms, technology has been embedded in every dimension of the body while affecting our very experience of life. Through looking at the common meeting points between the theories of biopolitics, aesthetics, and affect, this workshop explores the relationship between bodily perception and the formation of new subjectivities in the age of bio- technology. We will be using a diverse range of conceptual frameworks and creative practices exploring these three domains with an interdisciplinary approach. Questions surrounding our intensive study sessions are: 1. In what ways the opening of life to politics (and aesthetics) have changed the processes of subjectivation and subjection? 2. How do the concepts of life and the living evolve into technology and vice versa? 3. What do sensation and sensory experience have to do with the technological inclusion of (politicized/aestheticized) life?