We’re thrilled to present the UK premiere of Fabrizio Terranova’s portrait of Donna Haraway, who joins us in person after the first screening of the film on 5 April 2017.
Donna Haraway’s groundbreaking work in science, technology, gender and trans-species relationships over the last four decades is marked by her deep commitments to feminism and environmentalism. Refusing to distinguish between humans and animals and machines, she proposed new ways of understanding our world that challenge normative structures and boundaries. Her approach to writing is equally distinct, breaking with prevailing trends in theory by embracing narrative techniques in painting a rebellious and hopeful future. Recognising her singular talent for storytelling, Fabrizio Terranova spent a few weeks filming Haraway and her dog Cayenne in their Southern California home, exploring their personal universe as well as the longer development of Haraway’s views on kinship and planetary welfare. Animated by green screen projections, archival materials and fabulation, Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival is an appropriately eccentric response to a truly original thinker.
I wanted to be in tune with the playful dimension that is ever-present with Donna. It’s a way of ceasing to think that laughter and having fun are for stupid people. Once we’re all agreed that we’re living in a world in ruins, the ways in which we go about tackling the possibilities for change are important.
Fabrizio Terranova in interview with Sophie Soukias, BRUZZ 2016
Fabrizio Terranova, Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival, Belgium 2016, digital, colour, sound, 90 min
The screening is followed by a conversation between the artist, Donna Haraway and Filipa Ramos, Editor-in-Chief of art-agenda and editor of the recently published Documents of Contemporary Art reader Animals (Whitechapel and MIT Press, 2016).
The screening will include a video introduction by Donna Haraway and a discussion and Q&A with Fabrizio Terranova.
About Fabrizio Terranova
Fabrizio Terranova (b. 1971, Italy) is a filmmaker, activist, dramaturge and teacher at École de recherche graphique in Brussels, where he launched and co-runs the Master programme in Narration and Experimentation/Speculative Narration. He is also co-founder of Simili-Théâtre and a founding member of DingDingDong, an institute dedicated to raising awareness around Huntington’s disease. His 2010 experimental documentary film Josée Andrei: An Insane Portrait screened internationally and was adapted into a book published by Les Éditions du souffle. Terranova recently published the article ‘Les Enfants du compost’ in Gestes spéculatifs (Les Presses du réel, 2015).