Text by CLOT Magazine
Johannes Klabbers is an Australian writer and posthumanist therapist living and working in The Netherlands. This year, he served as the ‘resident therapist’ at Unsound Krákow Festival 2016 (Poland), which, to our knowledge, is the world-first in festival. Under the subject of Dislocation, Klabbers presented a talk titled How Can a Posthumanist Be? recalling the method developed by John Cage in 1958 for his seminal piece Indeterminacy.
CLOT Magazine had the pleasure to talk to him during Unsound Krakòw to learn how quantum physics influenced his practice and help define what describes a posthumanist therapist, or whether posthumanism is a dislocation. Humans are obsessed with themselves, and we often think we are ‘the most important thing in the universe’, but where do we go when we die? Death complicates our traditional thinking patterns because death symbolises the idea of nothing.
Posthumanist therapy is a post-rational anti-method that takes ideas from quantum physics, new materialism, and narrative therapy. It finds itself ‘between existing and non-existing, between something and nothing, between being and not being, between doing and not doing.
Johannes’s most recent book, I am Here (2016), sheds light on the process of death and dying. By listening and talking to individuals who are dying of cancer, life and death, we can come to a deeper understanding of death while also helping people cope with suffering.