Nature and the Social Body – knowledge toward wisdom

As the social body as imaginary of society and nature is gaining more importance in times of big changes, Nature and the Socal Body, a unit of the art project hyper-Encyclopédie, is reflecting on the relation between society, nature, and our imaginary.

The notion of the social body is the main concept of this unit as our bodies are intersections between nature and culture and intertwined with the society in which we live in.

The concept of the social body concerns two interlaced aspects of the individual in relation to society and the individual as a society. The single being can be understood as a microcosmic manifestation of society, symbolizing the autonomous being, i.e. the self-aware being in recognizing her/his responsibility and in offering possible solidarities.

Nature is playing an eminent role in social imaginaries (the ocean, for instance, embodies the subconscious). The natural imaginary complexes are used both in the socio-political discourse, analysis, and in literature in relation to social critique, as for example in Martin Luther King’s John Donne quote; Hobbes’ Leviathan; in Melville’s Moby Dick; Shakespeare’s The Tempest; the Odyssey, etc.).  The real and the imagined nature is gaining political importance, concerning globalization, the refugee crisis, pollution, and capitalistic exploitation. But in nature, we find formations and critters which give us the opportunity to reflect on models of social activity, as we can find, for example, in the definitions like grassroots movement, the Deleuzian rhizome, or in utopian and fantasy novels.

 – the social body as imaginary of society and nature in some blog posts:

The body as Text: social body

Nerve-net and the communication technologies