Anicka Yi

  • THE TEACHINGS OF A VIRUS

    WE, AN ARTIST AND A PHILOSOPHER/ANTHROPOLOGIST, met in 2018, when Tobias inaugurated the Transformations of the Human program at the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles. The premises of the program—and of his conversations with Anicka—are twofold.

    1. The Human Fails Us

    What is the human? What is the place of humans in the world? What, if anything, sets us apart from nonhuman things?

    The modern age began with the suggestion that humans are more than mere nature (more than animals and plants)—and other than mere machines.

    Today, these two differentiations have become untenable: The form human fails