Existentiality of the Bionic Being: A Preliminary Study (III)
|關鍵字:||生體;存有;空間;死亡;身體;自由;倫理;回憶;創傷;慾望;existentiality;the bionic being;space;spatiality;death;the body;subject;subjectivity;freedom;ethics;memory;trauma;desire;informetics;cybernetics;cyberspace;the Internet;bionics;cyborg;cyborgification;cyborginization|
式。生體（the bionic being）所指涉者，大約為人與生化或電子制控工學產物結成之複
合生命體（the human being of informatics, cybernetics, and bionics）。生體存有值得探討，
The proposed research project will study on the modality and meaning of the bionic existence, attempting to establish a preliminary mode to systemize the existentiality of the bionic being. The so-called bionic being mainly refers to a complex life form made of a combination of human beings and the technique of informetics, cybernetics, and bionics. The existentiality of the bionic being is worth our research efforts because the lately advancement and development of info-cybernetics and bionics have confronted and challenged our thinking of human subjectivity, even suggesting a different possibility in realizing the content of subjectivity. The proposed research project, therefore, will base on cultural studies to correlate itself with philosophical and sci-tech discourses in order to probe into the modality and meaning of the bionic existence. The project will make into two axes of thinking the dual relation of the body to space and death, questioning the connection of the subject to the body. What concern the body and space (or spatiality) are the antinomy, ambivalence, and/or disintegration between the inside and the outside, as well as the structural relation of self to the other and the symbolic order. What concern the body and death are the asymptotic traces on the curve of temporality that have been drawn by being and nothingness, being and non-being (or being-no-more), which will contribute to an understanding of the boundary and significance of freedom. The epistemological basis thus established by the two axes of thinking will serve a point of departure for the project to further its study on info-cybernetics and bionics. The imaginary and/or reified modality of subjectivity in those fields will be questioned and reflected upon to form a dialogical movement so that an examination of the limit and change of a body that has been incorporated, invaded, and/or interfered by the mechanic (or mechinic) and genetic-chemical codes can be made possible. It is hoped that a preliminary structure as systemized into the three coordinates of space, time, and the bionic being can thus grow and help build an ethic dimension of bionic discourse. Another equally important stage of the project will devote to a study on the production of the cultural meaning of the bionic existence. It will involve a textual and discursive reading of the cultural representation of info-cybernetics and bionics. The text in question will include literature, film, and digital art, whose representational nature concerns the mechanism and production of meaning. The reading at stake will found itself on the existentiality of the bionic being to thematize on some recurrent tenors--memory (temporality), trauma (spatiality), and desire (the body). How the cultural meaning of freedom of the bionic existence is produced and how this production will face the ethical requirements of the bionic being will be a major concern at this stage.
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