Interactions beyond the human dimension, or not only limited to humans, have the particularity of being an interzone of friction. Dis-orienting ourselves in the ways in which we relate to non-human agents has (at least on certain occasions) highlighted the material dimension of what has been ‘theorised’ in relation to agency: how entities enter into causal relationships, act on each other and interact with each other. Or perhaps even distorted it. How does respons(a)bility work in these interactions? In what direction do hegemonic techno-narratives lead us? Why does spatiality matter in these interactions? Is the politics of bio(info)technological disorientation possible?
Laura Benítez Valero is a researcher and lecturer. She teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and in the Department of Theory, Design and Technology at Elisava. Her research connects philosophy, art(s) and technoscience. Her work revolves around the practices of bioart, biohacking, bioresistance processes, biodisobedience and non-human agents. Between 2019 and 2021, she directed Biofriction, a European project (Creative Europe) on bioart and biohacking practices, led by Hangar in collaboration with the Bioart Society, Kersnikova and Cultivamos Cultura.