Inclinations #20: Post-Natural Politics @ Or Gallery Berlin


Inclinations #20: Post-Natural Politics

Helen Hester | Matteo Pasquinelli |
Rory Rowan & Nick Srnicek

Samstag 3. Oktober 2015, 15 – 17:30 Uhr

Or Gallery Berlin is pleased to present Post-Natural Politics, with guests Helen Hester, Matteo Pasquinelli, Rory Rowan & Nick Srnicek for our lecture series Inclinations, hosted by Patricia Reed.

This 20th session brings together four thinkers whose work addresses (post-catastrophic) horizons of futurity conditioned by geo-social complexity. Weaving together an array of issues, ranging from labour, sex and macro-economics; to affective will, machinic intelligence and planetary geography – the aim is to plot continuums across these disciplines, and how they may be leveraged towards better modes of collective life. How can a politics commensurate with our post-natural situation be articulated that avows scalar complexity, without falling into (hubristic) ‘futurist’ traps of historical amnesia? What role does modeling play, in both cognitive and pragmatic senses, in our ability to conceptualize future(s) (beyond extinction), and how does art operate in the co-formation of these new perspectives?

The framework for the session was largely inspired by the text “Extinction as Usual?: Geo-Social Futures and Left Optimism” (2015) by Rory Rowan [ → here… ]

The event will begin with presentations from each participant, followed by a group discussion. [Read more here… ]​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Inclinations:A monthly speaker series at Or Gallery Berlin, hosting philosophers, artists, curators, and…

The presentation of work revolves around the posing of a question that is the thrust of a guest’s activities. It goes without saying that questions may not be answered, but are grappled with in their unresolvability. An inclination is the force of attraction to a question (without a straightforward response), yet also to each other, as a community who partakes in a common quest(ion).
Hosted by Patricia Reed


  • Arriving at a question is already a departure.
  • Questions are a declaration of departure.
  • Arriving at a question in thought or activity is also the creation of a trajectory, of inclining oneself towards an unknown goal, yet not without direction.
  • A question inclines a departure in a particular way, but a question itself is generic – it propels all modes of seeking some thing. Questions possess the force of bending and swerving ideas/action.
  • A question is the confrontation and departure from a lack. To arrive at a question is to arrive at a gap in knowledge, action and speech – a gap that cannot be immediately filled in without the inclination towards something other.
  • A question is indisciplinary; the inclining magnetism of a question knows no disciplinary bounds.

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