Due to the rapid development of the general bio-techs such as the aesthetic medicine, genetic engineering, synthetic biology and etc, human beings have aware of ways to better revise or to create a body that contents us more. Bodies have become self-identities, mediums to present ourselves. We seem to seize back the body autonomy from the Creator and release it, but the fact that lies behind the Creator is the scientific disciplines which are often ignored by most of us. Working though the scientific experiences and the knowledge acquiring through the imagination on science to stand out as the new Creator of the next generation. Tthere is one invisible boundary hidden behind the latest technology.
The real boundary stays invisible. It reveals itself only when the innocent accidentally touch it. And no doubt once in a while, some clever decoy would throw down their challenges to it. Haunted in the dilemma of “who determine our body boundaries” by “the Creator” and “how to seize back the autonomy”, different types of bio-techs plays the role of the harmless supporters. People believe that the relation of body and technology has again and again proved that we are the real owners and the Creators of our bodies, so they ignore that upper the “tech-body” relation, there is a greater “science-technology-body” relation, and that scientific knowledge has always been the mastermind that truly control the progress of technology. With the observation of the “embellishing”, “normalized”or “discriminative” bodies, we are able to detect the knowledge frame and the ideology on how to present the perfect bodies we acknowledge (or imagine) behind the techniques.
Anthropotomy began to flourish in the European schools since the mid sixteenth century. The intelligentsia, including doctors, weren’t only those who think, but they turned into the manipulators. Knowledge producers in medicine sciences have mastered in human bodies ever since and so on systematically developed further information about it especially when On the Fabric of the Human Body was published in 1543. As Andreas Vesalius, the author of the book, goes, “The book provides a way to distinguish normality from abnormality.” Through the actual experiences of the anatomy and its inductions so to speak, medicine has officially become a type of science, under the bases of the legality of empiricism. Medicine science has gradually developed a knowledge system which standardizes human figures. The standard lasts till now and eventually becomes a common process to acquire the body.
However, most of the people never have a chance to observe and experience the body functions and make them the groundworks of the scientific knowledge. They can only imagine those nonexistent experiences to make the acquisition possible. Knowledge producers become their “agents”; they’re the passive, simplex knowledge receivers. The exhibited artists this time decide to permeate all the invisible thin films, sauntering across the tripartite, “knowledge- technology- body”. Furthermore standing as reflexive critics, they develop a body knowledge that’s subjective and more related to the senses of the body; at the same time reveal the ideologies and power classes in scientific knowledge. Differ from the precious technology using logic on the bases of scientific knowledge, this time the exhibition has made two -ways, dialectical knowledge production into actual practices.