Storytelling for Earthly Survival

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 8.30 pm, diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery

Film screening and discussion and planning session

After several textual encounters with Donna Haraway over the past years, diffrakt and the feminist reading group “the personal is theoretical” gather friends to watch Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival by Fabrizio Terranova. After the screening, everyone is invited to stay for drinks and brainstorm around possible future encounters, workshops or formats engaging Haraway’s writings.

The film features Haraway in a playful and engaging exploration of her life, influences, and ideas. Haraway being a passionate storyteller, the film is structured around a series of discussions held in the California home she helped build by hand, on subjects including capitalism and the anthropocene (a term she “uses but finds troubling”), science-fiction writing as philosophical text, unconventional partnerships, the role of catholicism in her upbringing, humans and dogs, the suppression of women’s writing, the surprisingly fascinating history of orthodontic aesthetics, and the need for new post-colonial and post-patriarchal narratives. A remarkable range and a thinker with a nimble and curious mind, whose narrative techniques – painting a rebellious and hopeful universe filled with living beings and transpecies – are visualized by Terranova with green-screen projections and archival materials.