12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Messy Glossary


New Extractivism


Proposed by Vladen Joler


In the information age, everything becomes a potential frontier for expansion and extraction—from the depth of DNA code in every single cell of the human organism, to vast frontiers of human emotions, behavior, and social relations, to nature as a whole. At this moment in the 21st century, we see a new form of extractivism that is well underway: thousands of corporate and government actors compete to win the territories of our behavioral, emotional, and cognitive landscapes. Once the territory is invaded, the process of enclosure and exploitation is established.


Source: Glossary “Open Secret”