By J. Parker-Starbuck
This ebook articulates the 1st theoretical context for a 'cyborg theatre,' metaphorically integrating on-stage our bodies with the technologized, digitized, or mediatized, to re-imagine subjectivity for a post-human age. It covers numerous examples, to suggest new theoretical instruments for realizing functionality in our altering global.
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Are direct descendents of Shelley’s monster, but with man-made body parts. Old Man Rossum, a physiologist, finds a substance that replicates living matter and although he is interested in creating “animals,” his son takes over and begins mass-producing “robots,” not in the current sense as metallic shells, but more akin to androids, or as precursors to cloning and Artificial Intelligence (AI). BACKspace: Historical/Theoretical Intersections 29 They are made from “batter” in vats and have man-made body parts – including human-like brains, lungs, and inner organs.
R. as human birth rates begin to drop: turn them into National Robots, each with their own identity and race, and then foster prejudice so they will turn to hatred and war against each other; sell them the secret of their origin; appeal to their sense of “humanity”; ˇapek clearly foregrounds a growing and/or just electrocute them. C wariness of machinic production. Workers’ movements such as the early nineteenth-century Luddites in Britain had already fought against 30 Cyborg Theatre the Industrial Revolution, attempting to protect and maintain artisan modes of production in the light of factory production, and trade and labor unions were formed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to protect workers and improve working conditions.
These examples reflect concerns of an ever-encroaching technology that here begins to permeate bodily boundaries – no longer able to be separated from the “whole” that is the human, it has now shifted into an integrated relationship with daily lives, through widespread war technologies and increasing factory automation. R. are direct descendents of Shelley’s monster, but with man-made body parts. Old Man Rossum, a physiologist, finds a substance that replicates living matter and although he is interested in creating “animals,” his son takes over and begins mass-producing “robots,” not in the current sense as metallic shells, but more akin to androids, or as precursors to cloning and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
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