In 1972, Andrei Tarkovsky made Solaris, a film that staged a biomagnetic current as a cerebral system, one that is capable of thought processes. Tarkovsky’s Cold War fiction revolves around a dejected scientist unable to comprehend the malign activities of the intelligent planet Solaris and its bubbling and oozing surface.
In 2008, Reza Negarestani wrote Cyclonopedia, a theory-fiction that exhumes the notes of former professor of Tehran University, the renegade archaeologist and researcher Dr. Hamid Parsani. For Parsani, petrol is a sort of malevolent intelligence with an agenda of its own that narrates the dynamics of the Middle East and carves it into a living and sentient entity in a literal and non-metaphoric sense.
By drawing a double-headed portrait of the protagonists of Solaris and Cyclonopedia, this lecture seeks to draw out the philosophical and fictional implications of a ruinous entanglement with matter and the potentialities of thinking the non-human.
Hisham Awad is a writer based in Beirut. His work investigates the intersections of philosophy, film, and sound. Hisham completed an MA in Aural and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, London in 2011.
فرصة للراغبين/ات في المشاركة في تنظيم برنامج العروض المسرحيةبيروت، لبنان
Call for Ushers for Sharjah Biennial 13 | Act IIBeirut, LebanonImage: Christodoulos Panayiotou, The Parting Discourse, Performance at Teatro Goldoni, Venice, 2015, Photo by Aurelien Mole/The Cyprus Pavilion.