WEEK15:Multispecies

Updated: Mar 4, 2020

As a human being, it's hard to think about the journey of the other species. Elaine Gan and Anna Tsing's artwork "A Fungal Clock" shows the journey of the Fungal relates to the environment in the forest and how it eventually connects to the human society. I like one of the quotes by my classmate Camila, and she said that as a human we have to think about "We are a human" instead "I am a human". Inside our body, there are no one individuals efforts, but many different cells and bacterias are supporting the function to keep us alive. Every species are related to each other; we all need each other to survive.


For an instant, before human invents the machine, we use agriculture animals such as cows to cultivate the crop, we are also riding horses as a vehicle. Many technologies develop nowadays are all learn from other species natural technique. It reminds me that many of the Antoni Gaudi's architecture is inspiring by the natural elements such as the beehive, floral, plants. This is an example that shows the critical of discovering the multispecies theory. In the computational arts aspect, many artist using many natural elements as an inspiration to create digital arts such as Andy Lomas artwork inspired by termite and cells.


An interesting part is how Donna Haraway explains the word "Speculative" in French, which translate into "Speculative Fabulation." It answers one of my questions to the multispecies theory. In the beginning, I think it is impossible to think form other species aspect if we are not them, how are we supposed to feel their feeling and telling their narrative. However, Donna Haraway said it does not matter that the story is 100% truth; the point is about our imagination about the other species narrative like parents telling the story to their children. Through the process of the speculative narrative might allows us to think in different ways of thinking.

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