By Despina Kakoudaki
By studying quite a lot of literary texts and movies (including episodes from Twilight Zone, the fiction of Philip okay. Dick, Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never permit Me pass, city, The Golem, Frankenstein, The Terminator, Iron guy, Blade Runner, and that i, Robot), and going again to alchemy and to Aristotle’s Physics and De Anima, she tracks 4 foundational narrative components during this centuries-old discourse— the delusion of the synthetic start, the myth of the mechanical physique, the tendency to symbolize man made humans as slaves, and the translation of artificiality as an existential trope. What unifies those investigations is the go back of all 4 parts to the query of what constitutes the human.
This targeted method of the subject of the unreal, built, or mechanical individual permits us to re-evaluate the production of man-made life. by way of concentrating on their historic provenance and textual versatility, Kakoudaki elucidates synthetic people’s major cultural functionality, that is the political and existential negotiation of what it capacity to be a person.
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The conceptual landscape of the beginning of the twenty-first century seems misrepresented by the lingering tendency to read objects through an animist lens. Our theories do not reflect this change yet, but we are less obsessed by simulation and more fascinated with materiality, less paranoid about our coexistence with objects and more interested in the embodied forms of knowledge such coexistence produces. Active and potentially animate objects are not as ominous as they used to be, yet few critical styles express this feeling.
Musée d’art et d’histoire, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Photo S. Iori should avoid resorting to stereotypes, about the whiteness and coldness of marble, for instance. Ancient statues were often painted in vibrant colors and even “inert” materials interact with their environment in evocative ways as when, depending on their placement in sun or shade, marble statues and stones can be pleasantly cool, warm to the touch (to the point of reaching the temperature of live beings), or inhumanly hot. To approach the figure of the artificial person as a transhistorical entity we need non-gothic and non-apocalyptic approaches to objects and textures.