Posts Tagged ‘body

16
Apr
09

Institute for the Future of Bodies.

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Here is a link to a totally insane little project Ben and I collaborated on back in third year at Hampshire. It was for a class called “Steeped in Story” in which we put together a collaborative/interactive hypermedia story project and solicited classmates to create internet personalities and join in on the burgeoning drama in an outsider, body-centric “theoretical institute.” Our personalities were the leaders, David Bellstein and Werner von Franz. In a bizarre agreement, David, who believes his consciousness can be downloaded on to a computer, and Werner, who believes he can overcome modern alienation by accruing extra humanity in the act of anthrophagy (cannibalism), decide that as David is downloaded to a computer, Werner will remove and eat his body parts.

The setup is rather primitive, as neither of us were particularly proficient with coding at the time, but the story was off to an interesting and promising start before the class ended and our classmates stopped posting. It’s too bad this didn’t go on further, and probably would have had we something like Ghost Island at that point. But, I thought you might be interested to see it anyhow.

07
Mar
09

BODY DOUBLE BODY DOUBLED BODY DOUBLE BODY DOUBLED

Fitting for a heterotopia’s head of state, Ghost Island’s king has two bodies. This is the start of my exploration of the phenomenological condition of the king.

DOUBLED BODY DOUBLE BODY DOUBLED BODY DOUBLE BODY… (mobius strip title)

The king has two bodies. For real though. He has one mind and two bodies. They are not the same body. There is no metaphor. The king has two literal physical separate bodies that are his.

The king does not have one main body and then a supplementary secondary body. He has two individual and co-equal bodies that are both his like my body is mine or like your body is probably yours. They are two distinct bodies that he inhabits and is fully.

One might be tempted to make a kind of tripartite schematic in which the mind or soul is the center term and that in some way controls the two bodies. This is not a correct or proper representation. The king cannot separate body and subject or body and self. Like us, his self and body are the co-productive of each other- intermixed and inseparable.

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