Panel: Secure Insecurity
We’re obsessed with numbers, codes, and algorithms. As Bergson points out, since our intellectual capabilities are insufficient to perceive reality as an inseparable whole, we bring it to a standstill, atomize it into particles and ascribe numerical value to compound phenomena. We live in the times where even the very rudiments of life have already been measured and appropriated by the domain of technology. The code of life. The body described by intramolecular sequences looses its fleshy character and becomes abstract, inorganic, to use Freud’s terminology: uncanny. Processed and transformed into numbers: almost an abject. The feeling of estrangement assists exercising of power. Along with the recognition, manipulation and patenting of human genome, we’re becoming owned, our bodies turn into commodities, targets, biocapital. Our elemental data is converted into exclusive property of influential companies, pharmaceutical moguls, ruling elites, security services then sold, exchanged, released into circulation. Asymmetrical access to information results in a hierarchy between „us” and „them” and enables wielding of power. Such imbalance is the principle of human management and governing. The body is turned against you. It serves as a powerful weapon of the state. An arm of discipline and control. Involuntarily the body may become a medium, a carrier spreading the disease at the same time entangling itself in the network of politics, medical services, information distribution, transport, databases etc. The knowledge and possession of life code data may affect freedom of migration, decide upon inclusion or exclusion, facilitate human segregation alike eugenics, reveal weak points in human constitution thus delivering instructions where to strike to crash our bare systems or even providing formulas for creating a bioweapon capable of exterminating particular ethnical groups due to their slight DNA differences. Security state exists upon escalating the possibility of these threats, upon exciting the atmosphere of hazard. This leads to a constant state of emergency, to a permanent war. „The body is under attack on all fronts”. The body absorbed and exploited by the state machine. The war is being fought via biopolitical body, a gun pointed at you.
- Marta Heberle (1986) graduated cultural studies at the University of Lodz, PL. She specializes in issues related to bioart and transhumanism. She is an author of theoretical texts concerning postmedia art. She also creates her own fashion design projects. Currently she also operates in an area of actions on the border of music and performance (Aural Treat, LH+).
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