[gender-it] Ultrasound Project

  • From: synner <synner@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gender-it@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 11:07:37 -0500

Ultrasound Call for Entries


- Ultrasound is a graphic/musical collaborative project. An online and off line 
compilation of high tech visceral narratives, acoustic images and intimate 
connections. Selected contributions will be downloadable and eventually 
published in a CD, with an accompanying booklet.

Deadline: December 15th, 2003

-The use of ultrasound in the biopower control circuits changed the  perception 
of pregnancy and foetus. During the First World War, high frequency sound 
waves, not audible to the human ear, were deployed extensively in underwater 
surveillance. In the following years research was developed on radar systems. 
Such radar systems were the direct precursors of medical ultrasonic systems. 
The increase in the research and application of ultrasound in obstetrics and 
gynaecology appeared to boom from 1966 onwards.
-The use of these visualization technologies on female bodies has dissolved the 
borders of the epidermis and turned the maternal biospace in a spectacle to 
screen on ultrasound machines. In the spring of ?65 Life Magazine published a 
sixteen page photographic reportage called "Drama of Life Before Birth?, by the 
swedish biomedical photographer Lennart Nilsson. It showed  ?an unprecedented 
set of colour photographs of human embryos in their natural state?. Such images 
also marked the birth of the techno-foetus, when it started to become a fetish, 
the icon of life, personhood, nature, origin, identity. It has become the 
favourite weapon in the hands of over-excited anti-abortion groups.   

-In many medical, media and social discussions, the empowerment of the embryo 
coincides with the erasure of the mother?s subjectivity. Her body is turned 
into a public uterus, a comfortable habitat for the embryo, the growing 
environment and ecosystem for the foetus, the dark background of the scan. 

-Ultrasound aim is to explore these narratives of detachement through images 
and sounds, to produce jamming interferences against the fetish of the foetus 
and its worshippers. Ultrasound invites you to glide in maternal depth and to 
look at it in a different way. 

-Ultrasound is a CD project open to human and non human synthetizers, (de)
gender music makers, and contributions from any species or space. 

-To send your sounds and vocals contact: synner@xxxxxxxxxxx 

Ultrasound is a project sponsored by http://www.thething.it


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