----------empyre- soft-skinned space---------------------- Thanks Adam N. for having a mind meld on these topics. Good crew! Off the top, Bioart is living-materials-first in my addled brain. No offense to the object oriented animism of listmania but tinkers and tailors of life feel the experience differently than illustrators. The use of biomedia for aesthetic projection is the ethico-political stake we wield. The blood on the hands is part of the sacrificial rite, neh? That being sort of put out there bare, I am more interested in the debate being started in terms of the potentials for positive declension in the moulding of populations.
I have to say that optimism in biopolitics, even in terms of techno-breeding for novel feelings, is not a total ruse. A trajectory from Charles Fourier, to Willhelm Reich, to Buckmister Fuller, not to mention the Bronx cheer of Charles Fort, trace the potential for a river of amorous flows. But can we really limit the emphasis on the work of the negative in Foulcault to that of a gore hound, netcasting for yet another Gilles de Rais? We have to remember that philosophy is caught up in the industrial confessionary. We may be parrahesiac cheerleaders, spreading liturgy for liturgy¹s sake, but the toying with fascism is just an armchair away from the radiation's leak. Mayr's migrating populations shower us with difference, but population genetics is being marketed as a post race identity politics for those in need of a new origin story from which to promulgate neo-superiorities (see http://www.ancestry.com/). In terms of affirming affirmation, to distort et echo Cary, I can only find it through that deep ecospheric indiscriminacy that Rob mentioned. Is the work of the positive to posit a function of the organism, orgasmically in optimismÉ in every direction? I hope so. Life is uncontained, oozing revelry and consuming lewdness. A snail-like acting is wet and slap-happy and on itÕs way. This is the question of affirmation. Can we be all accepting. This is a more systemic question, which should be looked at a variety of magnifications: The Panspermic Cosmos, The 'Gaia at Werk' Planetary Organism, Populations/Variations/Migrations/Meshing, The Crust Operas of Vitality (Spartan/Hedonism of Being inCorporate), The Organs without a Body (BatailleÕs Big Toe), The Selfish life of Cells, Subcellular Congeniality (hanging out on the sofas of the Endoplasmic Reticulum, alternative conformating). _______________________________________________ empyre forum firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.subtle.net/empyre