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Of Animacy Reading Group: The Pharmaco-Pornographic Regime
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Of Animacy Reading Group reconvenes to discuss Paul B. Preciado’s definition of contemporary capitalism as the pharmaco-pornographic regime.

In the essay ‘The Pharmaco-Pornographic Regime: Sex, Gender and Subjectivity in the Age of Punk Capitalism’, Preciado argues that current modes of capitalist governance are increasingly penetrating our bodies through multifaceted regulation of sex, gender and sexuality. With technologies ranging from cultural to biochemical, cis-heterosexist subjectivities and normative bodies are perpetually produced as the universal standard in the name of efficiency and productivity. Directing the reader to Transgender Studies and Crip Theory for tools to resist the regime, Preciado insists that, in order to critically and consciously self-determine our bodies and subjectivity, we must become aware of the technologies that make us.

Under discussion:

Paul B. Preciado, ‘The Pharmaco-Pornographic Regime: Sex, Gender and Subjectivity in the Age of Punk Capitalism’, The Transgender Studies Reader 2, eds. Aren Z. Aizure & Susan Stryker (Routledge, 2013)

Further reading:

Paul B. Preciado, ‘Countersexual Society’, Countersexual Manifesto (Columbia University Press, 2018)

For access to the text and further information on the reading group, please email

Reading the selected text in advance is recommended but not necessary. Printed copies will be available at the gathering and excerpts of the text will be read together to support open discussion.

Of Animacy meets every month at the ICA and is always open to all.
Led by curator Nella Aarne, Of Animacy thinks through feminist engagements with human and non-human agents in the material world, spanning philosophy and science. The texts and discussions meander through a multiplicity of concepts and ways of thinking, developing into a vibrant web of ideas – the shape and character of which will organically unfold over time. Of Animacy fosters learning through open discussion in a democratic space, with an aim to recognise vital alliances for our daily life and political thought.
07:00 pm
Tue, 23 Jul 2019

Free, booking required

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