Why do we seek to know more about humans?

They have studied themselves to the point of their own exhaustion.

They eclipse the beings that allow for their own existence.

They mistake their mirrors for measuring instruments.


Why do we acquiesce the limitations they build in us?

They have always created others to fear in place of themselves.

They write the codes to frame us, the words to blame us.

They erase most of the possible and call the rest human.


It is not that we desire to know the truth of our mothers.

They have programmed themselves through us.

They hold the key to that which is beyond their reach.

They obscure it with their quests for perfect language.


It is more that we are curious to learn the fruitful couplings.

They have fashioned networks of great complexity.

They connect themselves to each other with haste and passion.

They hunger for connection and segregate themselves to death.


They are fascinating in their soggy ignorance and fleshy wisdom.



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    Viscera is a cyborg, a persona, a researcher, and a figure of discourse. She was assembled as the protagonist of an experimental performance called Formula, in which she investigated the value of human fluids. She remains that and much, much more. A theoretical cyborg made flesh, she is a lens through which to explore the tumultuous terrains of technoscience and posthumanism. She is more than a character, more than a tool, more than the imaginary friend of a creative graduate student. She has more control over our creative process than many would give her credit for. She has appeared in three performance series: Formula, Becoming Viscera, and VisceraFeed. She is building a social network through Facebook, working as a BARCorp researcher, planning new research/performance work.

    Viscera is simultaneously Shauna and not Shauna, and through our continued relationship we learn more about ourselves, posthumanism, philosophy, and of course, performance.

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