(CCA) | A Robocalyptic Manifesto: Techno-Politics for Liberation
The Robocalyptic Manifesto is a video essay and an urgent call to endorse a robot general strike to overthrow the instrumental definition of both technology and humans. The work prompts the viewer to think about the powerful role of robotics in shaping our understandings of the human and to think of robots as our comrades in the fight for repairing our planet. Fusing found footage, animation, and first-person voice-over, the video is divided into three acts: (I) Robots on Strike: Robocalypses Reenacted; (II) Robots beyond Instrumentality: Humanity Reconquered, and (III) Robots in the Pluriverse: Animism reloaded. Seen together, all three acts touch on the central political challenges and aesthetic needs of our time –vis-à-vis the decolonization of the machine and the rehearsal of an act of radical imagination that reclaims non-destructive forms of life.