This panel invites exploration of engagements with alternative energetic materialities in the encounters of technological, informational & (more-than-) human bodies. What affects, values, socialities & imaginations are generated and what approaches are conducive for researching & disseminating them?
Against the backdrop of climate change, systems of energy have gained attention as culprits of environmental degradation. While usefully flagging the interrelations of humans, environments and technology concepts such as the 'technosphere' (Haff 2014) risk positioning nature as inert ground, worked upon by technology and positing an undifferentiated anthropos as its inadvertent creator and constituent. Approaches building on feminist technoscience attend to how beings are transformed through their encounters with energy in spaces of vulnerability and histories of contamination. Presenting the concept of geologic corporeality to denote how human and earth bodies are formed by the intensification of fossil fuels, Yusoff (2013) has recently argued that a futurity without fossil fuels requires an unlearning of our geological corporeality and a simultaneous reconstitution of alternative energetic materialities. This panel invites explorations of the engagements with alternative energetic materialities in the encounters of technological, informational and (more-than-) human bodies in and across a range of sites. These might include 'renewable' energy installations, production facilities and participative arts projects. The panel is interested in how alternative energy is practiced, what it effectuates and what is excluded or rendered insensible. What affects, values, socialities and imaginations are generated in such meetings and what approaches are conducive for researching and disseminating them? How does alternative energy become integrated with everyday practices? How might relations of race, gender and class be remade in energetic engagements? And what could it mean to become response-able - to cultivate the capacity for response (Haraway 2016) - in relations with forces that are indifferent to human intervention?