Ultrasonic dreams of aclinical renderings

Pritchard, Helen; Rocha, Jara and Snelting, Femke. 2018. Ultrasonic dreams of aclinical renderings. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology(13), [Article]

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When specific intra-active technologies of ultrasound and echography violently rendered real bodies, they wondered about the see-through space-times that were left in the dark. The crystals. They read, listened and gossiped with awkwardness, intensity and urgency. Lively and clumsily smoking cigarettes, they cried as coyotes: The crisis of presence that emerged with the computational turn was shaped by the technocolonialism of turbocapitalism! Through vibrations of feminist technoscience, through friends and lovers, they heard how sonographic images produced life and mattered “real bodies”. Convoked from the dark inner space-times of the earth, the flesh, and the cosmos, particular aclinical renderings evidence that “real bodies” do not exist before being separated, cut and isolated. Listen: there is a shaking surface, a cosmological inventory, hot breath in the ear. DIWO, recreational, abstract, referential and quantifying sonic practices are already profanating the image-life industrial continuum. Ultrasound is no longer (or never was) the exclusive realm of technocrats or medical experts.
These are your new devices, dim and glossy. In this partial imaginary, you’ll deep listen to their non-ocularity, following entanglements with images and imaginations; all the way into ultrasonic cosmo-dreaming, where poetic renderings and sonographies start to (re)generate (just) social imaginations. Let’s collectively resonate against technologies of ultrasound and echography and bet on practices that open up relational, semiotic-material, non-individualistic and non-anthropocentric notions of presence, that bring in transfeminist queer futures.

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Published in Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No. 13: Radical Feminist Storytelling and Speculative Fiction: Creating new worlds by re-imagining hacking

Possible Bodies (2018). “Ultrasonic dreams of aclinical renderings.” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No. 13. 10.5399/uo/ada.2018.13.7

Possible Bodies (Helen Pritchard, Jara Rocha, Femke Snelting) is a collaborative research on the very concrete and at the same time complex and fictional entities that "bodies" are, asking what matter-cultural conditions of possibility render them present. These questions become especially pertinent in contact with the technologies, infrastructures and techniques of 3D tracking, modeling and scanning. Intersecting issues of race, gender, class, species, age and ability resurface through these performative as well as representational practices. The Possible Bodies inquiry operates through a growing inventory of software, manuals, artworks, interfaces, scripts, performances, mathematical concepts, animations and renderings.


Speculative fabulation, Feminist technoscience, Rendering, 3D, Earth scanning, Computation

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13 May 2018Accepted
22 May 2018Published

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22 Nov 2018 15:07

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29 Apr 2020 17:00

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