ephemeropteræ 2017/#10 – Elizabeth A. Povinelli | Susanne M. Winterling

Elizabeth A. Povinelli and Susanne M. Winterling. Photo: Christoph Liebentritt
Elizabeth A. Povinelli and Susanne M. Winterling. Photo: Christoph Liebentritt
Elizabeth A. Povinelli and Susanne M. Winterling. Photo: Christoph Liebentritt

Using film clips and objects from the Karrabing Film Collective and research on bioluminescence, Elizabeth A. Povinelli and Susanne M. Winterling jointly explore the governance of existence in the crumbling discourses and practices of geontopower. What forms of existence are staying put, retreating, being extinguished, and gaining affective force; and what political vocabularies are emerging as the fictive politics of logos gives way to other signals, senses, and dreams? Where will our anti-capitalist antagonists emerge from? What shape will they take—red algae, toxic sovereignties, precariat posthumans—and where will this leave those clinging to the benefits of late liberalism?


Elizabeth A. Povinelli is a professor at the Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, New York. She has worked extensively on the merging of anthropology and gender studies in writing, filmmaking, and as an editor of journal Public Culture. Books include Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism, (Duke University Press, 2016, The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Genealogy, and Carnality and A Public Planet Book (both 2006, Duke University Press). Wutharr, The Saltwater (2016), conceived and Realized by the Karrabing Film Collective and directed by Elizabeth A. Povinelli, was screened at the Sydney Biennale 2016.

Susanne M. Winterling was born in Rehau, Germany, where she still lives. She works across a range of media to explore the sentient economy, digital cultures, and the social life of materials across our built environment. Winterling’s practice reflects upon political as well as aesthetic entanglement among human/animal species and the elements in today’s challenging geopolitical context. She also remains focused on historical feminist practices and the commons and highlights different ways of knowledge through embodiment. Working across a variety of media and with a constant challenging and questioning of artistic media in society, Winterling is known for her time-based installations critically engaging the representation of reality. 
September 8, 2017 at 7 pm
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna
free admission
supported by
Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein