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AGNIESZKA ANNA WOŁODŹKO

Demonological re-enchantments: Or how to contaminate through intimate stories of commons without consensus

Published onJun 27, 2022
AGNIESZKA ANNA WOŁODŹKO

Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko is a lecturer and researcher at the AKI Academy of Art and Design ArtEZ, where she initiated and coordinates BIOMATTERs, an artistic research programme that explores how to work with living matters. Her research focuses on post-humanism at the intersection of art, ethics and biotechnology. She is also a curator and writer. Her recent publications include ‘Living within affect as contamination: Breathing in between numbers’ in Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry and ‘Materiality of affect: How art can reveal the more subtle realities of an encounter’ in This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life, edited by Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn. She is currently working on her book Affect as Contamination: Embodiment in Bioart and Biotechnology, accepted for publication by Bloomsbury.

For Technoetic Arts 18.2-3 , special issue “Taboo–Transgression–Transcendence in Art & Science”, Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko wrote “Demonological re-enchantments: Or how to contaminate through intimate stories of commons without consensus” (pp. 97–104):

“Through weaving the intimate stories of an encounter, possibilities of shared but not unified forms of resistance against powers of identification between life, art, science and philosophy will hopefully emerge. In the time of exhaustion of narratives, there is a growing need of telling stories despite capture – stories that would escape control and commodification, that would induce change, reenchant and give caring conditions for multiple human and nonhuman bodies. It is thus not about fetishization of an individual who tells, who reassures the value and importance of the subject. Rather, it is about stories that, as Isabelle Stengers argues, call for the transformation of an individual story based on given norms and ideas into demonological because collective dynamic and experimental imaginings. But how to think with demonological relations of transformations together without the constrains of morals and given models that tend to govern and exclude what disagrees? The present article, focuses on a particular re-enchantment through the stories of vegetariat – the contemporary matters of resistance through the plants’ resilience inspired-by and becoming-with the work of Špela Petrič and our field-mothers.”

Wołodźko, Agnieszka Anna ([2020] 2022), ‘Demonological re-enchantments:
Or how to contaminate through intimate stories of commons without
consensus’, Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, 18:2&3, pp.
97–104, https://doi.org/10.1386/tear_00029_1


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