ftp_formless_anatomy

From Rhizome Artbase
2001
Description

This project is an epistemological response to the Visible Human Project, an endeavor, begun in the early 1990s, to create an online, digital database of cross-sectional anatomical slices of a human male and female cadaver. Using material from this database, ftp_formless_anatomy constructs a counter-database, a teratology (the study of monsters) of the digital-anatomical body.

Rhizome staff
2021

ftp_formless_anatomy is a web-based research project whose primary intention is to construct a critical, counter-discursive database of the digital-anatomical body.

Eugene Thacker
19 August 2001

This project is an epistemological response to the Visible Human
Project, an endeavor, begun in the early 1990s, to create an online,
digital database of cross-sectional anatomical slices of a human male
and female cadaver. Using material from this database,
ftp_formless_anatomy constructs a counter-database, a teratology (the
study of monsters) of the digital-anatomical body.
A theme running through most of my theoretical and net.art work is the
relation between the body and technology. Specifically, two questions
are of interest here: Firstly, how do normative, dominant notions of what a body
is get constructed in a given context? And secondly, within those normative
models, where are the possible points of slippage, formlessness,
hybridity? Recently, much of my attention has been focused on how the
body-technology relationship is articulated in the contemporary
lifesciences (molecular biotechnology, genomics, tissue engineering,
digital anatomy, tele-medicine, bioinformatics). These fields provide
one example of a set of discourses and practices that are, as we speak,
in the process of articulating what will come to be recognized (and thus
legitimized) as body & technology, as nature & culture, and as
information & materiality.
-Eugene Thacker

Eugene Thacker
19 August 2001
Legacy descriptive tags
ftp_formless_anatomy
Attribution: Eugene Thacker
Conceptual, body, archive, Javascript, DHTML, Visual, Animation
Attribution: Rhizome staff
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Variant History
outside link
2001
open submission
19 August 2001
Eugene Thacker
static files
19 August 2001
cloning
Rhizome staff