Towards a Critical Posthuman Aesthetic: A Performance-Philosophical Research into the Configuration of Posthuman Figures on the Contemporary Stage of Kris Verdonck

01 October 2013 → 30 September 2017
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Theory and methodology of philosophy
    • Philosophy
    • Ethics
    • Other philosophy, ethics and religious studies not elsewhere classified
    • Art studies and sciences
    • Theatre and performance
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Project description

contemporary performing arts reflect on posthumanism and how they can communicate a critique of humanism. An analysis of Belgian artist Kris Verdonck’s performances, focussing on three aspects of posthumanism - the dehumanized figure, dematerialized performers, acting objects and human enhacement. Methodologically this research is inscribed in the philosophical turn in theatre and performance studies.