Friday, November 21, 2008
Still Life with Stem Cells/Pidgin DNA
WE ARE FAMILY
an organism which presses
against the planet
an organism which has hair
(sad, believable hair)
that refuses to believe
which has sensations
and an interesting history
an organism which holds up its fingers
how many fingers
if fingers are what they are?
an organism that has other organisms on it
and upon which it rains
an organism which sleeps
soft as a cloth
a baby in a bed full of babies
and the earth full of babies
The image is from a remarkable sculpture installation by Patricia Piccinini entitled We Are Family which showed a handful of years ago at the Venice Biennale.
Piccinini explores the borders between human and non-human, between organic and non-organic. Some recent work makes stag-like creatures out of Vespas.
I'm thinking about how stem cells and Patricia Piccinini's work relates to the notion of the lyric subject, the construction of identity in contemporary poetry. The new sentence. How do these stem cell lumps of flesh/bodies relate to new ways of constructing 'identity' or non-identity in writing? There is no I, or eye, just other. But in some way, this other is us, or some part of us, some undifferentiated us potential.
There is the grammar of DNA. What is a DNA dialect? A pidgin DNA?
Posted by gary barwin at 11:03 PM