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geert lovink on Fri, 11 May 2001 03:34:00 +0200 (CEST)


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[Nettime-bold] Announcement: TECH FLESH


From: "CTHEORY Editor" <ctech {AT} alcor.concordia.ca>
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2001 5:00 AM
 
Announcement: TECH FLESH

 Dear CTHEORY readers,

 We have just published on CTHEORY'S web site (www.ctheory.com) a
 series of articles and interviews devoted to a critical exploration
 of the Human Genome Project. This will be followed in early June by a
 special multimedia presentation of Tech Flesh by some really amazing
 new media artists, all of whom work to unconceal the uncertainty
 field of the gene.

 Here's the formal announcement:

 The triumph of biotechnology as the key emergent tendency of the 21st
 century indicates that we may be entering a final phase of
 technology--harvesting human flesh. Breeding virtual bodies better
 suited to the vectors and virtualities of post-biological life.

 Widely hyped as a "bible of life" and a "map" to the future of human
 evolution, the Human Genome Project throws into sharp ethical relief
 critical social issues raised by this newest phase in eugenic
 experimentation. Simultaneously speaking in terms of the language of
 facilitation (post-genetics as about the eradication of disease and
 the extension of the human life span) and the language of control
 (genetic sequencing as the latest pharmaceutical version of the
 social hygiene movement), the Human Genome Project with its vision of
 pure genes and designer biology raises again the specter of
 scientific hubris and the silent political interests of a potential
 genetic superclass.

 With the collaboration of Eugene Thacker (Rutgers University/Georgia
 Tech), this issue of CTHEORY is devoted to a diversity of critical
 perspectives on the promise and perils of the Human Genome Project.
 Here, artists, writers and theorists provide an alternative, critical
 vision of the genome and its infotech ideology.

 We are grateful for the active and generous support of Boston
 College, particularly the Department of Sociology and its Chair,
 Professor Stephen Pfohl, in developing this issue, and we very much
 appreciate the technical assistance of Jeffrey Wells and Carl
 Steadman.

  In June, 2001, the multimedia version of Tech Flesh
 (http://ctheorymultimedia.cornell.edu), curated by Arthur and
 Marilouise Kroker and Timothy Murray, will be published and hosted by
 Cornell University's Electronic Publishing Program.




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