Arantzazu Saratxaga Arregi is a philosopher and media theorist with a focus on matrixial philosophy. Since 2019 she teaches the courses “Introduction to Media Theory” and “Prozessphilosophien und Medientheorie”at the Department of Media Theory.
She gained her PhD in philosophy at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe with a dissertation on “A Systematic Introduction of a Matrixial Philosophy. For a Multivalent Ontology: Mother–World–Uterus” (supervisor: Peter Sloterdijk). She had previously completed her MA degree in philosophy and aesthetics in Bilbao, Barcelona, and Madrid.
She currently holds a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna) in the project “The Dissident Goddesses’ Network. Contemporary Prehistories”, in the context of which she is conducting two research projects: (1) Demeter Galaxis in discussion: a discourse analysis of the orders of speech of the mother myth; (2) a morphogenetic hermeneutics of the Venus phylum, in which she confronts the challenge of attributing a hermeneutics to the Venus figurines of the Palaeolithic period.
In addition, Arantzazu Saratxaga Arregi holds lectures and seminars at several German universities and colleges with a focus on cultural engineering, media theory, and cybernetics. The themes of her recent seminars have been the exploration of themes that encompass the blind spot of mediality as such, where mediality is entangled in a contradiction: immediacy and mediation, openness and unity. In addition, their topics focus on the philosophical approach to technology and cultural education, for example, intimacy and technical media.
Her philosophical project consists in constructing and developing a matrixial philosophy, the basis of which is her dissertation project. She conducts research on the development and educational processes of closed milieus and environment-related relationships. The following research has been carried out within the framework of this project: in 2015 she was a scholarship holder of the Goethe Society, Weimar, for the project “Mehrwertigkeit einer matrixialen Symbolik”. In 2017 she received a research grant from the DLA for the project “The Figure of the Mother in the Context of Friedrich Kittler’s Media Theory: Mother-signifier as Culture-forming Technology of Modernity”.
Her research focuses on the interior in its broad semantic interpretation from a philosophical point of view and is based on disciplines such as media philosophy, philosophy of technology, theory of science, cybernetics, and contemporary philosophies. It engages with the question of the development of endomilieus and how they occur in the absence of their appearance. The attempt at a processual ontology of the endomilieus forms a focal point of matrixial philosophy.
Translating German monographs into Spanish and Basque authors into German is her secondary area of activity. She has translated the book Müdigkeitsgesellschaft (The Burnout Society, Stanford University Press) by Byung-Chul Han into Spanish.
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Tel: +43 – 665 – 65477 890
Eine systematische Einführung einer matrixialen Philosophie: Mutter-Welt-Gebärmutter. Zu einer dreiwertigen Ontologie. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2019
“Girl: A Paradigmatic Example of Evolutionary Disobedience”, in Epidemic Subjectivity: Radical Ontologies, ed. Elisabeth von Samsonow, Berlin: Diaphanes, 2017.
“Une classe préparatorire de gynécologique philosophique”, in Aux Limites de Lémpire grandeurs de Peter Sloterdijk, ed. Erik Bordeleau, Paris: Editions Dehors, 2019 (in press).
“Neganthropologie im Zeitalter des Anthropozäns: Negentropisches Potential des Bildungstriebes”, in Anthropos: International Review of Anthropology and Linguistics, special issue, de Gruyter, 2019 (in preparation).
1. Saratxaga Arregi, “Entautomatisierung”, MEDIENwissenschaft, no. 4 (2015).
2. Saratxaga Arregi, “Mediale Reflexivität: Beiträge zu einer negativen Medientheorie”, MEDIENwissenschaft, no. 4 (2015).
3. Saratxaga Arregi, “Konstruktivistische Medientheorie: Beobachter, Teilnehmer und Akteure medialen Diskursen”, MEDIENwissenschaft, no. 4 (2016).
Han Byung-Chul, La sociedad del Cansancio (original: Müdigkeitsgesellschaft), Madrid: Herder, 2012.