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Chana de Moura

Inverted utopias: The divergent evolution of immortality pursuits

Beginn des PhD-Programms / Start of the PhD-Program: WS 2021

Betreuung / Supervision:
Thomas Macho

In this research, the production of an essay film will be understood as an analytical tool for wandering about the quest for eternal life under past and contemporary techno-utopian conditions. By bringing together means of artistic and theoretical research, it is intended to ponder on the possible subjective and objective implications of life extension and immortality, at both collective and individual levels. More specifically, the project focuses on analyzing the pursuit of immortality through two different approaches: one is the Russian Cosmism cultural-philosophical movement and the search for everlasting life in the 19th century Russia; the other is the contemporary wave of research projects on longevity and the abolition of death, born within the interdependence of techno-science and neoliberal societies. The work will explore to which extent art practices can work as tools of cultural and social speculation related to immortality projects, criticizing or even anticipating socioeconomic discrepancies that could haunt techno-determinist ideals as such.

Kurz-Biographie / Short Bio
Chana de Moura is a Brazilian visual artist, researcher and illustrator.

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