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The New Human Symposium

August 30, 2016 @ 14:0021:00

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The New Human Symposium explores what it really means to be human.

Update 14 March 2017

The New Human publication is now available on Medium!

We live in an era in which human activities have come to have a profound impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems, and in which mind-boggling technological progress is raising the question of what it really means to be human. In nanoscience, the border between biology and technology is getting increasingly blurred.

Global digitalization has fundamentally changed our way of relating to the world around us and to each other, and the dividing line between actual and virtual reality is dissolving. Some researchers even claim that we are heading towards an era in which technology has grown so complex, intelligent, and self-generating that humans will no longer be able to control it.

Moderna Museet Malmö and Malmö University (Medea and K3) welcome you to THE NEW HUMAN SYMPOSIUM, in which the invited speakers Patricia MacCormack, Sverre Raffnsøe, and Susan Kozel will give us further insights into the times we live in, and towards what future we might be heading. In connection to the symposium, Moderna Museet Malmö will host the world premiere of Ursula Mayer’s new film, Atom Spirit.

Also read Sydvenskan’s Carolina Söderholm’s reflections of the event, Dystopi och utopi går hand i hand.

Be part of the publication!
As a way to continue the discussions at The New Human Symposium, we invite all participants (audience and keynote speakers) to contribute to an online publication to be published on

Session 1: Aug. 30 at 14:00–17:00

Lecture Hall C (ground floor) at Malmö University, Niagara building, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1

14:00–14:15 | Introduction

14:15–14:45 | The New Human(s). What is it like to live on the Moon?
Sverre Raffnsøe

A discussion on how the human earthling has completely reorganized its earth-bound space and how we are now moving towards a post-natural and post-human world that changes the human condition decisively. It might be time to explore what it would be like to live as new humans on the moon.

Sverre Raffnsøe is Professor of Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School and author of Philosophy of the Anthropocene: The Human Turn.

14:45–15:15 | After Life
Patricia MacCormack

The lecture will address the implications of becoming ahuman as the antithesis of death. According to MacCormack, the Anthropocene needs to manage bearing witness to the devastation the human has wreaked. The ahuman would enable new modes of interaction, open both the ahuman and the world to new encounters with the natural contract.

Patricia MacCormack is Professor of Philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and the author of Posthuman Ethics: Embodiment and Cultural Theory.

15:15–15:35 | Break

15:40–16:10 | The Archival Body
Susan Kozel

This talk will open up considerations of re-enactment, affective doubling, surrogacy and social choreographies, not just as abstract strategies for coping with the more frightening aspects of technological transformation, but by revealing the qualities and intensities of their performance, both artistically and socially.

Susan Kozel is Professor of New Media at Malmö University and the author of Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology.

16:10–17:00 | Panel discussion

The lectures will be streamed live on this webpage. Moderator is Temi Odumosu, PhD in Art History and post-doctoral researcher at the Living Archives project, Malmö University.

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Still from Ursula Mayer's Atom Spirit, 2016 © The artist
Still from Ursula Mayer’s Atom Spirit, 2016 © The artist

Session 2: Aug. 30 at 18:00–21:00

Moderna Museet Malmö, Ola Billgrens plats 2–4 (how to get here from Niagara, Malmö University)

Introduction to the exhibition project The New Human by initiator and curator Joa Ljungberg (18:00–18:15) and world premiere of Ursula Mayer’s film, Atom Spirit (18:15–20:00), followed by bar, music and mingle (20:00–21:00).

The events are free of charge. Please register by sending an email to

The New Human Symposium is organized in conjunction with the exhibition The New Human: Knock, Knock, Is Anyone Home? presented at Moderna Museet Malmö until 4 September 2016.

The program is also available in the PDF format.


August 30, 2016
14:00 – 21:00


Moderna Museet Malmö, Medea and K3


Medea @ Niagara
Nordenskiöldsgatan 1
Malmö, 211 19 Sweden
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