Interspecies Cannibalism (2017)
Lecture, essay, and performance instructions
 

︎Fig. 1 Lecture Poster Series, I 
Pieter Aertsen, A Meat Stall with the Holy Family Giving Alms, 1551



Cut me open and tell me what's inside
Bring Me The Horizon, Avalanche, 2016


This project aims to be a broad exploration and critique of the term cannibalism and its implications in a multispecies world.
The term cannibalism is and was mostly used to describe cases of anthropophagy1. To analyse it, we will call this case intra-specific or intra-species incorporation [intraspezifische Einverleibung], always considering if this act was or could have been consensual and was practised by a moral agent. Consequently we find a term to describe the feeding of one species on the other – inter-specific incorporation, which can never be consensual. I am reframing the old concept of cannibalism as a morally reprehensible act of infringing western standards of eating, aiming a modified term (interspecies cannibalism) at the group who created it to distinguish itself from others.    

Footnotes
1 This term has a complex history and its origin in colonial power structures. At the same time, it is used by conservative media to label white people who consumed human flesh, see e.g. the case of Armin Meiwes, called the “Cannibal of Rothenburg” or “The Master Butcher”. 

Project details
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Lilian Haberer, Prof. Ute Hörner 
This project was developed as my intermediate diploma at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, October 10th, 2017.


Appearances
“Critique of interspecies cannibalism” Lecture, Annual Exhibition 2017, Overstolzenhaus, Academy of Media Arts Cologne. July 28th 2017.
Special thanks to Max Höller, Yue Wang, Sophia Gamboa, Nan Li for intensive discussions and their support with testing out my performance notes.