Planetary Personhood | Martian Matters

Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 7.30 pm, diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery

Workshop with
Nonhuman Nonsense


Nonhuman Nonsense is a research-driven design and art duo creating near-future fabulations and experiments somewhere between the utopian and the dystopian. They are interested in the contradictory and the paradoxical, telling stories that open the public imaginary to futures that may seem impossible at the moment. Their current project, Planetary Personhood: Martian Matters, proposes radical space decolonization as a way to explore manners of not destroying yet another planet. Proposing personhood for planet Mars, the project considers the possibility of solidarity with extraterrestrial entities – stones. Through an intervention with ethical, philosophical and legal implications, Nonhuman Nonsense demand citizenship for a martian meteorite residing on Earth: Welcome, Allan Hills 84001!

In this workshop, Nonhuman Nonsense will discuss the motivation and research for Planetary Personhood, drawing on writings by Karen Barad, Jane Bennett, and Elizabeth Povinelli.

Since attendance is limited, please send an email to to register and receive the reading material.