Critical Writing Index

SF, Technoscience, The Politics of Extrapolation

by Eugene Thacker

Art Journal, Fall 2000, v. 59, no. 3, pp. 64-73

SF is less of a genre and more of a "mode of awareness," a type of extrapolation. SF is embedded within the technologies it theorizes about and provides the biotech industry with a narrative of technological and scientific progress. The author proposes that new media and can use SF as well as work on the level of bio and information technologies. Multiple_Dwelling is a collaborative project of real-time networked performances that actualize the relationship between virtual and real bodies in space. Mongrel probelmatizes socio-biology--or the application of scientific procedures on to society. They attempt to re-define the social as a field thickly demarcated by the political signifiers of race-class-ethnicity relations. Mongrel problematizes the liberal view that the internet is a medium for the people and shows how it, rather, channels people into a range of viable, culturally homogenous positions. For Mongrel, race and ethnicity are strategically encoded into online culture, reinforcing stereotyped racial categories. Mongrel asks how biosociality produces the social as essentially a biological problem. The importance of SF as artistic practice can be in part explained by Foucault's concepts of bio-power and biopolitics, which explain the strategies of management of the social body.

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