[NetBehaviour] Artist Injects Herself With Horse Blood, Wears Hooves

Annie Abrahams bram.org at gmail.com
Fri Aug 12 14:40:14 CEST 2011

thanks Curt

On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 6:08 PM, Curt Cloninger <curt at lab404.com> wrote:

> Hi Annie (and all),
> I will inject (arf) on this one. Deleuze/Guattari's "becoming animal"
> seems relevant. D&G are often accused of being unpragmatic and
> playing hard and fast with science, but of all the philosophers I
> read, I find them curiously pragmatic. To summarize: they suggest the
> existence of various planes/strata, some of which would be animal
> biology, human psychology, art, and symbolic language/iconography. At
> any time these planes can intersect. Such intersections are forms of
> deterritorialization and reterritorialization. The relevant question
> is -- what new emergent futures may result from these intersections,
> and where may they lead that is efficacious? The goal of all this
> de/re-territorialization is not that science (in this case, biology)
> should be utterly disregarded and merely mythologized. The goal is
> that science be seen as only one of many ways in which
> undifferentiated being/immanence has stratified/territorialized,
> rather than seeing science as *the* overarching plane through which
> all other being must necessarily be understood.
> Having said all that, the key to performoing Deleuzean experiments in
> de/re-territorializations is *rigor.* Many deterritorializations
> (forms of body modification, s+m) simply wind up reterritorializing
> in a whirlpool spiral that ends in death. So for instance (as in
> Cronenberg's "Dead Ringers"), you can only literally reconfigure your
> internal bodily organs for so long before your body rebels and you
> die. And death is not all that promising a place to wind up (at least
> for those of us who remain; it doesn' really lead anywhere new or
> efficacious).
> The other thing to be avoided is what seems to be happening in this
> particular art piece -- a bit of biological engagement coupled with a
> whole lot of human psychological [mis]interpretation (as Annie points
> out) and a whole lot of artistic symbology. What *actually* changes
> in the immanent/affective world? -- not a lot. Yes, the piece has
> pragmatically provoked us to have this theoretical conversation
> (happening on the plane of langauge), but a Rothko painting can
> (still) trigger a theoretical conversation, so that is nothing
> particularly new.
> This is why I like Stelarc's biological experiments (particularly as
> interpreted by Brian Massumi) better than Eduardo Kac's biological
> experiments. Because Stelarc's practice moves beyond mere symbology
> and on toward something more rigorous, something that actually
> modulates bodily affect (if only in a limited, prototypical way). For
> the same reason, the Porridge/Breyer pandrogyne expermients exert
> more agency (at least on a biological strata) than Orlan's surgery
> experiments (which are still admirable, but more on a symbolic
> strata).
> So even something like this:
> http://www.euroartmagazine.com/artUps/1177409414.jpg (Rebecca Horn's
> "Finger Gloves"), which just involves wood and not horse blood,
> actually alters a human body much more affectively/pragmatically than
> does an infusion of horse blood. Horn's entire physical posture  and
> her way of being in the world is changed. So the stilts with horse
> hooves are doing way more than the blood. The horse blood is like
> vampire or cannibal mythology  -- working on the plane of symbolism ,
> ritual, theater, spectacle. Of course, symbolism and ritual are
> strata in the world that do actually change the world. No doubt. But
> again, as Annie observes, the piece is doing something other than
> what its artist is claiming -- the blood infusion is more like
> Beuysean shamanism and less like Deleuzean becoming animal.
> (Makes a good viral youTube video, though.)
> cf:
> http://www.amazon.com/When-Species-Posthumanities-Donna-Haraway/dp/0816650462/
> http://www.orlan.net/works/performance/
> http://www.genesisbreyerporridge.com/pandrogyne-images.html
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2MntBUwUxY
> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075995/
> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094964/
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Pankejeff
> http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=310
> http://squarewhiteworld.com/2009/12/10/stop-screaming-ideas-are-the-voids-of-the-body-penetrating-connexions-self-serving-excerpts-from-stephen-barbers-the-screaming-body/
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdxRPavquIQ  [4:14-6:40]
> Best,
> Curt
> >Message: 15
> >Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:08:45 +0200
> >From: Annie Abrahams <bram.org at gmail.com>
> >Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Artist Injects Herself With Horse Blood,
> >       Wears Hooves
> >"May the horse live in me"
> >Interesting experiment, interesting storytelling, but far beyond reality
> >
> >"She explained to Centre
> >Press<
> http://www.centre-presse.fr/article-145011-dans-les-veines-de-l-artiste-coule-le-sang-de-cheval.html
> >that
> >the whole process made her feel ?hyper-powerful, hyper-sensitive and
> >hyper-nervous.? She added: ?I had a feeling of being superhuman. I was not
> >normal in my body. I had all of the emotions of a herbivore. I couldn?t
> >sleep and I felt a little bit like a horse.?"
> >
> >Interpretation, wishful thinking - bullshit.
> >
> >Anyone who had medical tests done in an hospital to check out the heart
> and
> >who has been injected with chemicals knows it needs little (these
> chemicals)
> >to make you feel a completely different person. (anxious, calm, nervous
> etc)
> >Chemicals have a deep impact on our being (all drug users know this too),
> >feelings, experiences of ourselves, so it's no wonder horse proteins make
> >you feel changed, anything would.
> >
> >I like the experiment, the discussion it triggers, but I abhor the biased
> >language used by these artists. In my opinion it doesn't take science
> >serious, only uses it for something else.
> >
> >Yours
> >Annie
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