Fabián Ludueña Romandini / VARIATIONS ABOUT ARCANA IMPERII

These are the Posthumous. They are the heralds of a new aeon in the history of earthly civilizations. They consider the planet as the vast Natural History Museum of the societies once called human. Homo is part of an extinct species although the taxonomists of the Humanities have not yet fully realized the fact that Gaia has new inhabitants that move around the ruins of the ancient world endangering the very same ecosystem of earthly life. Nobody knows, for sure, when the Posthumous loomed but it is certain that the “digital insurrection” consolidated its overwhelming triumph. In fact, the Deep Web is the new underworld where now lies the secrets of power and the humanist dreams have become obsolete when we consider the projects of biological redesigning of the human species. According to an inveterate Hindu tradition, the human cycle taking place in the Manvantara is now experiencing its fourth and last phase, the dreadful Kali-Yuga, the “dark age”. Profound thinkers have felt inclined to identify, in this scenario, a definitive crisis of the human politeia. The face of the world and the political habitat have entered a period of metamorphosis that reaches, in our times, a climax of supreme uncertainty: technopolitics has proposed the abandonment of planet Earth in favour of the colonization of the outer space. Unprecedented forms of worldwide civil wars are taking place while Artificial Intelligence is invoked according to the liturgy of a relentless algorithmic theology. New dilemmas multiply themselves: what will be the sense of the concept of “life” when its basis is not only founded on carbon but also on silicon? What could happen if thinking ceases to be a human attribute? No other preceding civilization has undergone a metaphysical mutation like the one we are currently traversing. Notwithstanding, this time not only the destiny of a particular social form is at stake but also the sense of the anthropotechnological process itself together with the survival of the earthly ecosystem. The images that make part of this pavilion are, at the same time, a requiem for the perished human realm and an insight into the geography of the new world, unwonted, that is producing a change in what, until now and with different perspectives, we used to call reality.

Fabián Ludueña Romandini –
Variations about Arcana Imperii. Tratado metafísico-político.
La comunidad de los espectros III
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Buenos Aires: Miño y Dávila Editores, 2018.



Juan Acerbi / CAPTCHA


We are contemporaries of a curious age. Nowadays it is common that, by means of Artificial Intelligence processes, an informatics entity passes the Turing test in activities of diverse complexity. However, one of the most important facts among the turning points that this technology is capable of realizing is, without a doubt, its capacity to produce art and literature.

Far from worrying about the disquisition whether that is actually art or poetry or not, our attention should be focused on humanity.

The question of the humanitarian trait of the human being acquires an unusual relevance when we encounter non-biological entities capable of formulating what until recently was believed to be expressed only by those beings naturally endowed with spirit and rationality. There is no longer any doubt that computers can produce art, but is humanity still capable of generating new artistic expressions? And, in any case, are we still able to face them humanly?

In this way, art, as never before, becomes key when it comes to realizing whether there is still any trace of humanity among the human beings who still inhabit the planet.