i've got you under my skin (or the anthropotechnoromantic infiltration), photo, 100 x 150cm, light box, 2014
In 1985 writes Donna Haraway in her Cyborg Manifesto :
High-tech culture challenges […] dualisms in intriguing ways. It is not clear who makes and who is made in the relation between human and machine. It is not clear what is mind and what body in machines that resolve into coding practices. In so far as we know ourselves in both formal discourse […] and in daily practices […], we find ourselves to be cyborgs, hybrids, mosaics, chimeras. […] There is no fundamental, ontological separation in our formal knowledge of machine and organism, of technical and organic.
Why should our body end at the skin, or include at best other beings encapsulated by skin?
[…] For us, in imagination and in other practice, machines can be prosthetic devices, intimate components, friendly selves.
The skin is our last barrier, and the device comes nearer. The relationship between mobile devices, the body surveillance which is possible with it and the desire to ameliorate the body until immortality is not deeply discussed in the public sphere. Some mainstream entertainment, like the last Robocop movie, pick out ethical questions over post-humanistic and bio-technologic currents, as well as their market-oriented conditions as a central theme. But the whole thing is still consumed as a Science Fiction. In my work, the device becomes Cyborg.