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Publications : Theory : Karen Barad : Nature’s Queer Performativity

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Karen Barad – feminist, philosopher, and particle physicist – has, since the turn of the millennium, created a rare and refreshing contribution to contemporary thought. In 2021, they held an online lecture at AHC in connection with Lea Porsagers exhibition STRIPPED at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Following this, we are publishing Nature’s Queer Performativity, which is the first translation of Barad into Danish. In the essay, Barad discusses queer ontologies and the ethical obligation towards non/humans, arguing that nature is fundamentally queer – crisscrossed and in the most wonderfully perverse way.

“How can one think about the possibility of queerness in one of the most common of all beings – atoms? These ‘ultraqueer’ beings – with their quantum-everyday properties – queer the very idea of queerness in their radically deconstructive ways of being. The aim is to show that all sorts of seemingly impossibilities are actually possible, including queerness in causality, matter, time, and space,” from Nature’s Queer Performativity.

THE PUBLICATION CAN BE BOUGHT HERE

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Thanks to: Karen Barad og kvinder, køn & forskning for tilladelse til at oversætte og udgive “Nature’s Queer Performativity.”
Design: Alexis Mark
Translation: Andreas Eckhardt-Læssøe og Lars Bang Larsen
Managing editor: Stine Nørgaard Lykkebo
Copyediting: Anne Kølbæk Iversen og Semine Long-Callesen
Editors: Jacob Fabricius og Lars Bang Larsen
Print: Eks-Skolen, København
Edition: 300 copies. / 1. edition
ISBN: 978-87-94396-05-9
Front page: Lea Porsager, Stripped ULTIMATE PHYSICAL ATOM (DE/ EXCITATION), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2021. Photo: David Stjernholm
Art Hub Copenhagen, 2022.
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Theory is a form of organized estrangement from dominant values.
-Rosi Braidotti
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