Screening | Performance Space New York

Story Telling for Earthly Survival

Organized by Fabrizio Terranova, featuring Kim TallBear and a special live stream appearance by Donna Haraway.


Since her groundbreaking A Cyborg Manifesto (1984) Donna Haraway has been the preeminent scholar on rethinking relations between humans and technology as well as humans and animals. Her joyful and life-affirming multispecies feminism rejects any form of human exceptionalism and instead recognizes the entanglement and interrelatedness of all life forms. Neither giving in to apocalyptic end of the world scenarios nor the temptation of a magical technology fix, Haraway addresses the big ecological challenges of our time by mobilizing new practices of making kin across species and inventing new stories that allow us to imagine a more livable future.

The afternoon commences with a screening of Fabrizio Terranova’s feature-length film, Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016), an intimate portrait of Haraway as a captivating thinker and enthusiastic storyteller. It is followed by a book launch of her latest publication, Making Kin Not Population (2018), an anthology of essays calling for new practices of making kin beyond biological family structures in the face of unsustainable overpopulation.


“boyfriend, brother, sister, money, amusement, and father”

Organized by Matias Viegener
Kathy Acker famously described the father of her main character Janey in Blood and Guts in High School as “boyfriend, brother, sister, money, amusement, and father.”  Centered on Acker’s notorious video with Alan Sondheim, Blue Tape, this screening program examines the urgency with which Acker approached sex, intimacy, relationships and writing in her work. Through this lens we look at clips of Acker reading, performing, and being interviewed from the 1970s to the 1990s—intimate, formal, and unpredictable.
Includes screening excerpts from:
Fuses (1966) by Carolee Schneemann
Blue Tape (1974) by Kathy Acker and Alan Sondheim
Variety (1983) by Bette Gordon
The South Bank Show: Kathy Acker, Season 7, Episode 13 (1984) by Alan Benson
Raw Heat, Kathy Acker (1977)
Kathy Acker at the ICA (1986)

This event was made possible with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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