Overview

In an age of cloning, cyborgs, and biotechnology, the line between bodies and bytes seems to be disappearing. Data Made Flesh is the first collection to address the increasingly important links between information and embodiment, at a moment when we are routinely tempted, in the words of Donna Haraway, "to be raptured out of the bodies that matter in the lust for information," whether in the rush to complete the Human Genome Project or in the race to clone a human being. From cybernetics to genomics, this timely ...
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Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information

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Overview

In an age of cloning, cyborgs, and biotechnology, the line between bodies and bytes seems to be disappearing. Data Made Flesh is the first collection to address the increasingly important links between information and embodiment, at a moment when we are routinely tempted, in the words of Donna Haraway, "to be raptured out of the bodies that matter in the lust for information," whether in the rush to complete the Human Genome Project or in the race to clone a human being. From cybernetics to genomics, this timely collection is essential reading for anyone interested in the fate of the body at the cutting edge of technology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135216665
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Phillip Thurtle is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Robert Mitchell is Assistant Professor of English at Duke University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Data Made Flesh: The Material Poiesis of Informatics 1
1 Reading the "Sensible" Body: Medicine, Philosophy, and Semiotics in Eighteenth-Century France 27
2 Man and Horse in Harmony 47
3 Breeding and Training Bastards: Distinction, Information, and Inheritance in Gilded Age Trotting Horse Breeding 65
4 Desiring Information and Machines 87
5 LSDNA: Consciousness Expansion and the Emergence of Biotechnology 103
6 Sell: Body Wastes, Information, and Commodification 121
7 The Virtual Surgeon: New Practices for an Age of Medialization 137
8 The Bride Stripped Bare to Her Data: Information Flow + Digibodies 153
9 A Feeling for the Cyborg 181
10 If You Won't SHOOT Me, At Least DELETE Me! Performance Art from 1960s Wounds to 1990s Extensions 201
11 Flesh and Metal: Reconfiguring the Mindbody in Virtual Environments 229
12 Gene(sis) 249
13 Transgenic Art Online 259
14 Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics 263
The Editors and Contributors 279
Index 283
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