The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction
Introduction by Donna Haraway
Images by Lee Bul
In The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, visionary author Ursula K. Le Guin tells the story of human origin by redefining technology as a cultural carrier bag rather than a weapon of domination.
Hacking the linear, progressive mode of the Techno-Heroic, the Carrier Bag Theory of human evolution proposes: ‘before the tool that forces energy outward, we made the tool that brings energy home.’ Prior to the preeminence of sticks, swords and the Hero’s killing tools, our ancestors’ greatest invention was the container: the basket of wild oats, the medicine bundle, the net made of your own hair, the home, the shrine, the place that contains whatever is sacred. The recipient, the holder, the story. The bag of stars.
This influential essay opens a portal to terra ignota, where the possibilities of human experience and knowledge can be discovered anew.
Ignota Books, 2019
160 x 110 mm