Zoextropy. The Posthuman Beauty is a project curated by Maria Morata within the V.O. curator program. of the Consorci de Museus de la Comunitat Valenciana.
Zoextropy explores new ways of thinking the aesthetic categories of the beautiful and the uncanny through contemporary artistic production within the context of recent philosophies of thinking which question anthropocentrism.
These currents of deterritorialization of the human seek to make the borders between the individual and their “others” porous, and entail a criticism of the humanist concept that conceives the subject as a unity and centre of all thought and knowledge. It is not, as Rosi Braidotti points out, a cognitive or moral loss, but rather an expansion of the human being, making us flexible and allowing us to adopt several identities and dimensions. Her concept of the posthuman explores the practice of hybridization, dislocating the differences between humans, animals, plants, bacteria and other species.
Zoextropy originates from the concept of Zoe which Hannah Arendt defines as natural life, which continues and repeats itself constituting the life of the species, in opposition to Bios, the concrete life of an individual, which begins with birth and ends with death. Equally it suggests a movement towards the exterior, exo and the quality of deviating, turning and taking another route in order to think about objects and categories, trópos.
Zoextropy proposes a selection of artistic practices and debates that are at the frontier between science and technology, and that address on the one hand the terrain of human limits, generating new ontologies such as the non-human or the a-human, and on the other the limits of beauty, both in the representation of one’s own body and in its intricate relationship with other living entities.