Let’s get physical : Heidegger’s Cyborg and the vicissitudes of the machine/bodyPart of : Γράμμα : περιοδικό θεωρίας και κριτικής ; Vol.11, No.1, 2003, pages 55-66
Bodies wrestling with representation
In this paper, I want to relate three artistic instances of what I consider to be marvelous marriages between the human and the machinic to a set of theoretical approaches that deal with this relation and/or employ a machinic metaphor when it comes to the question of the human subject. Thus, following the lead that the meaning of techne as both art and technics/technology provides, the bits, pieces and engineers of this machine/text in search of an "originary machinicism" are: Martin Heidegger, Jacques Lacan, Deleuze and Guattari; Stelarc, Mark Pauline, and Tetsuo, the 1989 movie by Shinia Tsukamoto. As a result, I will argue that both the cultural/speaking body AND the 'real body' are machinic.