[-empyre-] Kathirveechu Kathihal (Radiation Stories)

Andrea Haenggi 1067pacificpeople at gmail.com
Mon Nov 27 13:08:24 AEDT 2017

Thanks Tim, your sentence* "**Now there is (only) DNA to inform you of who
you are and then to re/form you" *had a big reaction for me.
I was thinking what does it mean to discovering your DNA sequence. What
would mean to discovering your DNA sequence in a toxic site. What would
change? Does by learning our genetics enables us to optimize our health and
would it help to understand what chemical toxins our body could easier

Thinking outside of our own species. Human try to change the  DNA of plants
conscious and as well  the plant changes their own DNA by dealing with
disturbing sites. DowDuPont US Giant chemical factory advertise always new
pesticides  to "kill" the *herbicide - resistant weeds.* DNA  change of
plants is so much faster then human.  Could it be a possibility by
observing weeds we may as well can see what does it mean to change your DNA
as an act of resistance to "monoculture farming'.

Thinking about our organs and contamination of our organs through
information. What happens  we let our organs to be contaminate (
contaminate in a positive way) not from media information but through other
species in the hope to find a new body of becoming "uncivilized, radical
persistent like the Weeds".   As I mentioned in a different post I practice
movement " becoming with" the weeds. The latest process I encounter is  to
create an *Urban Weeds Alphabet (UWA) * . This UWA is a collaboration with
27 plant species. Through working with these urban weeds, I am searching
for a new movement language where non-humans have agency and the female
body becomes a weedy new body. Will in that process my DNA get a slightly

I attached a drawing I did as part of the long process of many different
ways to approach the urban weeds of the alphabet. I re-draw the organs in
the way how and where I sense the weed in my body…can in this practice we
sense our "residue contamination" (catherine mention of residue
contamination) and could we find away to transform it?

in weedy solidarity andrea

andrea haenggi
artist, choreographer, dancer, educator, radical care sitter
CMA/faculty at LIMS

On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 11:44 AM, Timothy Conway Murray <tcm1 at cornell.edu>

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> Thanks, Rahul and Andrea, for describing such compelling medial
> reflections on contaminations.  I posted earlier on the “Wired Ruins” issue
> of CTHEORY Multimedia that Arthur & Marilouise Kroker and I edited on
> ethnic paranoia.  Your postings also bring to mind a prior issue we did on
> “Tech Flesh: The Promise and Perils of the Human Genome Project.”  The
> net.art pieces in that issue commented on the confusing infections of
> capital into body by the rising genome industry.  One of the pieces,
> “Machine Organs,” by Norie Neumark and Maria Maranda (Norie was active in
> last month’s –empyre- discussion) went a step further to figure the
> contamination of the body by “information” itself.  While speaking of
> ‘machine organs’ metaphorically, Rahul’s work transforms the metaphorical
> into the symbolic as the rare earth materials sustaining digital culture
> contaminate the body as well as the machine.  Neumark and Miranda also
> maintain, in their writing on “Machine Organs” that information, as the
> symbolic, has the added effect of contaminating cultural representation by
> effacing difference: “Information culture's promise of pure exchangabilty
> masks its paradigm of sameness. This degradation of information theory is a
> cultural move parallel to the way psychoanalysis was reduced to ego
> psychology, thus eliminating the frightening, messy, noisy unconscious.
> With its trajectory across races, species and places, information crosses
> out differences. Excising excess as it goes. We are learning to know the
> body as if outside culture and history. And we are being habituated to
> understand corporeality only in the narrowest of biological discourses. Now
> there is (only) DNA to inform you of who you are and then to re/form you.”
>  Whether in performance, documentary, or net.art, medial interventions can
> give rise to the very messiness at the core of the projects featured by
> Neumark & Miranda, Andrea and Rahul.  Best,  Tim
> Timothy Murray
> Director, Cornell Council for the Arts and Curator, CCA Biennial
> http://cca.cornell.edu
> Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
> http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu <http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu/>
> Professor of Comparative Literature and English
> 114 West Sibley Hall
> Cornell University
> Ithaca, New York 14853
> 2017-18 International Sea-Sky Scholar, School of Architecture and Fine
> Art, Dalian University of Technology, China
> On 11/26/17, 9:36 AM, "empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on
> behalf of Rahul Mukherjee" <empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on
> behalf of rm954 at cornell.edu> wrote:
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