Most of my critical essays and articles focus on the intersections of art and film with ecology, gender, and technology. A longstanding reader of science fiction, I've also focused on the genre in recent years. Below is a selection of books, editorial projects, and essays. I've not added art reviews and texts on artists here.
YWY, Searching for a Character Between Future Worlds: Gender, Ecology, Science Fiction
Edited by Pedro Neves Marques. Sternberg Press and CA2M, 2022.
Conceived by Pedro Neves Marques, YWY is an android played by Indigenous actress and artist Zahy Guajajara, who gave her the name “YWY,” meaning “land” or “territory” in her native Tupi-Guarani language. The character’s co-invention by a European author and a native artist from Brazil sets in motion a dynamic that can be resolved only by being given away and shared with a plurality of voices. YWY, Searching for a Character Between Future Worlds shares the fictional character of YWY with several authors from Brazil, the United States, and beyond, creating a conversation about science fiction and robotics, ecology and gender, Indigenous Futurisms and what it means to be human.
Contributions by Marisol De La Cadena, Grace L. Dillon, Nikita Yingqian Cai, Pedro De Niemeyer Cesarino, M. Elizabeth Ginway, Zahy Guajajara, Suzanne Kite, Rosa Lleó, Pedro Neves Marques, Eliane Potiguara, and New Red Order. With an introduction by Pedro Neves Marques.
Buy the book at Sternberg Press.
The Forest and The School / Where to Sit at the Dinner Table?
Edited by Pedro Neves Marques. Archive Books and Academy of the Arts of the World - Cologne, 2015.
The Forest and The School is a comprehensive anthology in English about the Brazilian tradition of Antropofagia (meaning anthropophagy or cannibalism), including first time translations. In the sixteenth century the image of Amerindian cannibalism was central to philosophical disputes on the meaning of humanity itself. This question was rediscovered in the early-twentieth century by the Brazilian avant-garde associated with the imprint Revista de Antropofagia and the revolutionary ideas expressed in Oswald de Andrade's 1928 "Anthropophagic Manifesto." Instead of rejecting a dominant Western culture, Antropofagia called for the transformative digestion of modernity's paradigmatic divisions, such as nature and culture, human and animal, object and subject, as well as labor and leisure from a utopian techno-socialist pespective. This anthology revisits Anthropofagia not simply as an aesthetic movement but as a South American cosmopolitical philosophy.
The book collects sixteenth century chronicles; seminal texts from the modernist Antropofagia movement, Oswald de Andrade, Flávio de Carvalho, and Raul Bopp; postwar writings by Glauber Rocha and Hélio Oiticica; contemporary anthropological texts by the likes of Pierre Clastres, Bruno Latour, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, and Davi Kopenawa; and new commissions confronting Antropofagia with the multinaturalist perspectivism, the Declaration of the Rights of Nature, and contemporary Indigenous struggles.
You can read the book's introduction here.
Buy the book at Archive Books.
Parallel Futures: Of Spirits and Androids in Cinema
In Schemas of Uncertainty. Amsterdam: 2022.
YWY, Searching for a Character Between East and West
Originally published in Times Museum South of the South #1. Guangzhou: 2020.
Taking the Fiction Out of Science Fiction: A Conversation about Indigenous Futurisms
Interview with Grace Dillon, in e-flux journal #120. New York: 2021.
Male Pregnancies, Exowombs, and the Meltdown Between Hetero- and Homonormativity
In The Stomach and the Port: Liverpool Biennale Reader Liverpool: 2021.
If Futurity is the Philosophy of Science Fiction, Alterity is its Anthropology
In Futurity Report, ed. Sven Lutticken and Eric De Bruyn. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2020.
Contaminação por Capital: "Violência contra a terra, violência contra os nossos corpos"
Em Revista Punkto. Porto: 2020.
Parallel Futures: One or Many Dystopias?
In e-flux Journal #99. New York: 2019.
Mimetic Traps: Images, Forests, Worlds
In Intercalations 04: The Word for World is Still Forest, ed. Etienne Turpin and Anna-Sophie Springer. Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt and K. Verlag, 2017.
Sophia, with Love and Hate: Will Robot Rights Outweigh Migrant and Indigenous Futures?
In The Baffler. New York: 2017.
How to film light beings: A challenge to twenty-first century cinema
In Tropicália and Beyond: Dialogues in Brazilian Film History, ed. Stefan Solomon. Berlin: Archive Books, 2017.
In Former West: Art and The Contemporary After 1989, ed. Maria Hlavajova and Simon Sheikh. MIT Press, 2017.
How Many Natures Can Nature Nurture? The Human, Multinaturalism, and Variation
In Elemental Propositions, ed. Ashkan Sepahvand. Beirut: Sursock Art Museum, 2016.
e-flux Journal's Supercommunity: Apocalypsis
Guest-editors Pedro Neves Marques, Natasha Ginwala, Raqs Media Collective, et al.
On the occasion of the 64th Venice Biennial, 2015.
Also available in book format:
Supercommunity: Diabolical Togetherness Beyond Contemporary Art
New York: Verso Books, 2017.
Look Above, The Sky is Falling: Humanity Before and After the End of the World
Introduction to e-flux Journal's Supercommunity: Apocalypsis, 2015.
Why the Forest is the School
In Qalhala #1., Paris: Kadist Art Foundation/ Beton Salon, 2015.
Introduction to The Forest and The School / Where to Sit at the Dinner Table?
In The Forest and The School / Where to Sit at the Dinner Table?, ed. Pedro Neves Marques.
Berlin: Archive Books, 2015.