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Friday Lecture: Film screening of Camille & Ulysses arranged by Peter Danholt and the Humans & IT research program.

The screening is for students and faculty members. Peter Danholt will briefly introduce the film. The duration of the film is 46 min. Afterwards there will be room for questions and comments.

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Torsdag 1. juni 2023,  kl. 14:00 - 16:00


Peter Bøgh Auditorium, Finlandsgade 21, 8200 Aarhus N, building 5335-016

About the film

The philosophers Vinciane Despret and Donna Haraway combine their voices in this audio-visual piece by the filmmaker Diana Toucedo, based on two of their fabulations: Haraway’s The Camille Stories, and Autobiographie d’un poulpe, by Despret.

In an indefinite future, Camille and Ulysses tell the interwoven stories of the first generation of their communities of humans and non-humans: the communities of compost. Camille is associated symbolically with monarch butterflies, whose migration routes and habitats in the US, Mexico and Canada are under threat. Ulysses, like all Ulysses in the community, experiments with the possibility of living in the presence of the extinct octopus by learning the animals’ highly unique gestures, language and forms of sensitivity.

Filmed like an oral tale and a correspondence between the two narrators and their stories, the film follows the ways of living and dying among communities on a damaged planet and their growing proficiency in a new field of scientific knowledge: terolinguistics, or the study of animal languages. The narrators, in harmony with their partners in symbiosis, become increasingly aware of the growth possibilities of the tentacular and metamorphic beings.

See a teaser and read more about the movie here