2016 — Critical Essay

Alien Aesthetics:
Xenofeminism and Nonhuman Animals

Bogna M. Konior

Proceedings of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art, Hong Kong

While the collapse of the human/animal boundary poses challenges to previous constructions of human identity, there has been very little discussion on how could technology aid in liberating this polluted, nonessentialized animal subject. Can xenofeminism deliver on its promise of universal liberation for all gendered subjects without attempting to re-structure the predatory relation between technology and nonhuman animals? There exist multiple reasons why female – and male – nonhuman animals should be woven into the formation of subversive subjectivities as well as the aesthetics bound to it. Given the length of paper, I will focus on farm animals as an example.