[gender-it] Ultrasound Project Call to Submission

  • From: synner <synner@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: faces-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 10:38:01 -0500

Ultrasound Final Call to Submission  
Deadline extended to 01.01.04

- 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. 

-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 

-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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