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The Exquisite Corpse of Asian AmericaBiopolitics, Biosociality, and Posthuman Ecologies$
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Rachel C. Lee

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479817719

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479817719.001.0001

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The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America

Rachel C. Lee

NYU Press

This concluding chapter seeks to identify what it means to be “totally naked” at the turn of the twenty-first century, an era in which synthetic body parts (cultured tissues) grow in glass “cages,” anatomically revealed at the point of “birth.” It introduces a prototype architectural project that seeks to address this issue: the building plan for In Vitro Meat Habitat (2008), a structure composed of pig bladder cells grown in vitro. A project of the Terreform ONE (Open Network Ecology), the structure is capable of growing tissue culture. In performing its function, the In Vitro Meat Habitat reflects the canniness of a provocateur aesthetic masquerading as an ecological architectural proposal.The project is part of an architectural vision that would ostensibly avoid the type of ecological and historical violence accompanying past territorial imperialism, such as the conscripting of human (indigenous) slave and (immigrant) indentured labor.

Keywords:   totally naked, twenty-first century, synthetic body parts, cultured tissues, In Vitro Meat Habitat, in vitro, Terreform ONE, ecological violence, territorial imperialism

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