Mapping Posthuman Civics and Citizenships

I am curious about how climate change enacts political, environmental, technological, and social shifts and how this affects urban lives and spaces. This project speculatively imagines future cities and the strange, chimeric, biospeculative urban citizens that populate cities now and in the future. I explore how humans, insects, weather, animals, refuse, and bio matters are contemporary urban citizens that will morph into the dominant urban citizens of the future.

Cities, towns and urban sites transform into something quite monstrous thanks to the massively expanded visions that nanotechnologies offer. Along with the familiar urban detritus we produce on a mass scale, as well as human poverty and disadvantage, we now also see bio-organism monstrosities, chemical atmospheres and the viruses that permeate our bodies, foods and belongings. Our expanded urban ‘vision’ is now more than sociological and is SF and Chthulic (Haraway, 2016).

Using concepts of posthumanism, new materialism and feminist theories of matter, the project troubles the hierarchies and privileges that underpin urban design, and the precarious, monstrous future cities that are emerging all around us.