Donna Haraway

Theorist on science, technology and feminism\n

A member of the Honorary Advisory Committee of Documenta 13, this feminist theorist, philosopher of science and distinguished professor emerita in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been around a long time: her ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’ was written in 1983 ostensibly to address feminism in the Reagan era, but in its speculation on a complete collapse of boundaries between human, nonhuman, animal and machine, proved canonical. Open any art magazine over the past 12 months, read any curatorial statement, pick up a press release, and it won’t be long before you find a Haraway reference. This year, interest in the dissolution of binaries – be it gender, sexuality – has been particularly acute in art. Nor does Haraway connect just with identity politics: her more recent work on the Anthropocene, brought into focus with the publication this year of Staying with the Trouble, has proved beguilingly urgent for artists and curators alike.