Paul Virilio: On Stelarc and the Post-human

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from The Art of the Motor

If Derrida was concerned with the erasure of the boundaries between thought and technology, then Stelarc and Virilio from complementary explorations were concerned rather with the erasure of the boundaries between flesh (matter) and technology. Stelarc would enact the invasive nature of technics and technology as it erases the line between human and the machinic phylum. Virilio, a Christian, would seek like Eliot, Pound, and many modernists a way to shore up the ruins of the old metaphysics and its embodied reflection in the plasticity of electric flesh.

3 thoughts on “Paul Virilio: On Stelarc and the Post-human

  1. Virilio’s later thought was concerned with body and technology. But his earlier work, which was much stronger, is mainly about the erasure of presence, non-being as a strategy, and technology in the service of disappearance. He was not only a Christian, but an anarcho-Catholic. Very much like Jacques Ellul, who threaded a similar philosophy on technology and society.

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