POLLEN Magazine #001
"The Idea of Natural History"
Edited by L. Gell, H. Glass, E. Morgan
The aim of POLLEN magazine is to take an important and many-sided concept from the critical theoretical tradition, and to unpack from it a constellation of thoughts, problems and images that relate back to the original concept in all of its meaning-elements. Each edition is organised around an introductory essay whose purpose is to provide a theoretical examination of the concept in question, which is then explored through a collision of photography, fiction, essay, poetry, translation and more.
POLLEN #002 takes as its theme the image of 'creaturely life', referring to the peculiar proximity of the human and the animal at the sites where they seem most distinct, and the permanent vulnerability of living creatures at all times tied to their fleshy, suffering, organic base. As a way of thinking about human and animal life (and the interactions and indistinctions between the two) the theme can be read back into thinkers as diverse as Rousseau and Kafka and contemporary philosophers like Giorgio Agamben and Eric Santner. The family resemblance between these approaches is an attunement to the constitutive 'incompleteness' of the human as a species and the ultimate lack of foundation for the historical forms of life that distinguish human community.
• embodiment, flesh and the suffering human body
• points of distinction, indistinction and interpenetration between the human and the animal
• inner nature with and against outer nature
• the human being, the human mind; and the ghost in the machine
• political, social and other formations of humanisation and de-humanization
• Homo Sacer and the state of exception
Desmond Manderson, Anneliese Daniels, Miguel Vatter, Daisuke Yokota, Nicky Hannan, Ann Jefferson, Marc De Leeuw, Lucien Castain-Taylor, Verena Paravel, Miriam Ticktin, Emma Stewart, Carlo Salzani, Peter Frederick Matthews, June Yong Lee, George Szirtes.
9,84 x 6,92 / 128 pp.
7. November '16