Metal and Flesh
For more than 3,000 years, humans have explored uncharted geographic and spiritual realms. Present-day explorers face new territories born from the coupling of living tissue and metal, strange lifeforms that are intelligent but unconscious, neither completely alive nor dead. Our bodies are now made of machines, images, and information. We are becoming cultural bodies in a world inhabited by cyborgs, clones, genetically modified animals, and innumerable species of human/information symbionts.Ollivier Dyens’s Metal and Flesh is about two closely related phenomena: the technologically induced transformation of our perceptions of the world and the emergence of a cultural biology. Culture, according to Dyens, is taking control of the biosphere. Focusing on the twentieth century--which will be remembered as the century in which the living body was blurred, molded, and transformed by technology and culture--Dyens ruminates on the undeniable and irreversible human/machine entanglement that is changing the very nature of our lives.
About the Author
Ollivier Dyens is Assistant Professor of French at Concordia University in Montreal.
—Roy Ascott, Founding Director CAiiA-STAR (Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts) University of Wales and Science Technology and Art Research Centre University of Plymouth
—Crispin Sartwell, Chair of Humanities and Sciences, Maryland Institute College of Art
—Roy Ascott, Founding Director, CAiiA-STAR (Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts), University of Wales, and Science Technology and Art Research Centre, University of Plymouth
—Pierre Lévy,, Professor of Cyberculture, University of Quebec a Trois Rivieres, and author of Collective Intelligence and Becoming Virtual