Note: If you see this text you use a browser which does not support usual Web-standards. Therefore the design of Media Art Net will not display correctly. Contents are nevertheless provided. For greatest possible comfort and full functionality you should use one of the recommended browsers.

Themesicon: navigation pathCyborg Bodiesicon: navigation pathMonstrous Bodies

icon: previous page

are veiled by. It turns out that in their representation and reception, the fluid (techno)bodies and subjectivities are frequently analogized with images of femaleness. The uncannily proliferating and uncontrolled reproductive correspond with unconscious notions of maternalness. Reference is frequently made to the film «Terminator 2» in this regard. In this film the flexible-fluid cyborg T-1000 and the hard-as-steel terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) stand facing each other as opponents. T- 1000 represents evil, while in contrast to the previous film «Terminator 1,» Schwarzenegger has now been molted into a life-saving cyborg. T-1000 is a dangerous adversary because he—incomparably smaller, more agile and more flexible—is able to morph into unpredictable states and bodies. He permanently adapts himself to extreme conditions; one minute he is a razorsharp weapon, and the next he is a collapsing body or coagulating liquid that fuses into a new shape. T-1000 does not seem to be a being, but rather pure information code. This is why he has time and again been interpreted as a representative of electronic technology and thus of the information age, which


would battle against the anachronistic, already touchingly lumpy and harmless industrial age. [20] Both terminator types ultimately end in a pool of liquid steel: T-1000 so that his evil is eradicated, and the terminator so that his cyborgness does not endanger the purity and naturalness of humanity. That the victory of the human and anachronistic over the technologically new is only a temporary one is made completely clear in the sequel «Terminator 3»: In this film the fluid morph has been resurrected, this time in the form of a female, and in the end she will not be destroyed, but will continue to smolder as a deadly threat. In deconstructivist reception the cyborg T-1000 has repeatedly been interpreted as a female principle, and this although except in a short sequence in which he also becomes a woman, T-1000 primarily appears in the form of a male. Female is what morphs, melts away, is resurrected, what is a pure fluid and immaterial information code, antihumanistic and weakly. [21] In other words: The battle between the two types of machine is also read as an allegory of two economic social formations, but as one that stages itself by means of the gender matrix and thus also negotiates

icon: next page