Ultrasound is a a project developed the last months during the campaign against the very conservative italian law on news reproductive technologies. The law imposes a series of bioethical bans starting from the article nÂ° 1 that declares to protect all subjects involved in the assisted reproduction process, including those of the conceived.
01 – in darkness in the dark – thanos chrisakis
02 – on demand and without apology – me:apparatus
03 – my future face -M-ZU
04 – sonda – lo-lo
05 – tecnofeto – sprinkler stanica
06 – cry baby. fragment king / mark kammerbauer
07 – levonorgestrel (gilrs on pills) -entartetekunst
08 – F3tus – Luther Blissett
Concept + graphics: firstname.lastname@example.org
-Ultrasound is a graphic/musical collaborative project. An online and off line compilation of high tech visceral narratives, acoustic images and intimate connections contained in a CD, with an accompanying booklet.
-The use of ultrasound in the biopower control circuits changed the perception of pregnancy and foetus. During the First World War, high frequency sound waves, not audible to the human ear, were deployed extensively in underwater surveillance. In the following years research was developed on radar systems. Such radar systems were the direct precursors of medical ultrasonic systems. The increase in the research and application of ultrasound in obstetrics and gynaecology appeared to boom from 1966 onwards.
-The use of these visualization technologies on female bodies has dissolved the borders of the epidermis and turned the maternal biospace in a spectacle to screen on ultrasound machines. In the spring of 65 Life Magazine published a sixteen page photographic reportage called “Drama of Life Before Birth, by the swedish biomedical photographer Lennart Nilsson. It showed an unprecedented set of colour photographs of human embryos in their natural state. Such images also marked the birth of the techno-foetus, when it started to become a fetish, the icon of life, personhood, nature, origin, identity. It has become the favourite weapon in the hands of over-excited anti-abortion groups.
-In many medical, media and social discussions, the empowerment of the embryo coincides with the erasure of the mothers subjectivity. Her body is turned into a public uterus, a comfortable habitat for the embryo, the growing environment and ecosystem for the foetus, the dark background of the scan.
-Ultrasound aim is to explore these narratives of detachement through images and sounds, to produce jamming interferences against the fetish of the foetus and its worshippers. Ultrasound invites you to glide in maternal depth and to look at it in a different way. Ultrasound is a CD project open to human and non human synthetizers, (de)gender music makers, and contributions from any species or space.