Cyborgs / Emergence

Donna Haraway, “A Cyborg manifesto”
Sarah Kember, “Cyberfeminism and Artificial Life”
Mojca Puncer. “ Artistic Research on Life Forms”

“By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs. The cyborg is our ontology; it gives us our politics. The cyborg is a condensed image of both imagination and material reality, the two joined centers structuring any possibility of historical transformation. In the traditions of “Western” science and politics – the tradition of racist, male-dominated capitalism; the tradition of progress; the tradition of the appropriation of nature as resource for the production of culture; the tradition of reproduction of the self from the reflections of the other – the relations between organism and machine has been a border war. The stakes in the border war have been the territories of production, reproduction, and imagination. The essay is an argument for pleasure in the confusion of boundaries and for responsibility in their construction.”

“So my cyborg myth is about transgressed boundaries, potent fusions, and dangerous possibilities which progressive people might explore as one part of needed political work. One of my premises is that most American socialists and feminists see deepened dualisms of mind and body, animal and machine, idealism and materialism, in the social practices, symbolic formulations, and physical artifacts associated with…. scientific culture. …. Another of my premises is that the need for unity of people trying to resist worldwide intensification of domination has never been more acute.”

“Innocence, and the corollary insistence on victimhood as the only ground for insight, has done enough damage. But the constructed revolutionary subject must give late twentieth-century people pause as well. In the fraying of identities and in the reflexive strategies for constructing them, the possibility opens up for weaving something other than a shroud for the day after the apocalypse that so prophetically ends salvation history.”

“This is a dream not of a common language, but of powerful infidel heteroglossia. It is an imagination of a feminist speaking in tongues to strike fear into the circuits of the super-savers of the new right. It means both building and destroying machines, identities, categories, relationships, space, stories. Though both are bound in the spiral dance, I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess.”

http://a.aaaarg.org/text/990/cyborg-manifesto

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