“Rituals serve as a background against which our present times may be seen to stand out more clearly.”
— Byung-Chul Han
Dr Nina Rajcic’s practice-based PhD, titled “Posthuman Rituals” asks us to consider new kinds of human-machine relationships that inspire meaning, frame identity and support memory. The exegesis and accompanying exhibition (“The Ritual Series”) connects posthumanist theory and creative practice.
In stark contrast with the dominant relationships we currently have with technology — infinite scrolling, click-throughs and ‘likes’ — the work proposes an alternative vision for technologies that furnish time rather than consume it, favour narrative over data, and meaning over information.
Developed over three and a half years during her PhD research at SensiLab, the Ritual Series consists of three unique works inspired by posthumanism theory and all connected by bespoke machine poetry: Mirror Ritual, Message Ritual and Worn Ritual.