SIS : SOMATIC SYSTEMS: ANDREA CRESPO
A comprehensive framework for the developmental origins of body image:
1. Neural representations of the body are derived from sensory input and proprioceptive feedback from the body.
2. At its earliest stage, this development is driven by spontaneous muscle activity in utero.
3. Embryonic upper-limb movements are lateralised; sensory input from the dominant limb contributes to the formation
of neural representations of the body in both cerebral hemispheres, both directly and via cross-cortical connections.
4. Consolidation of body image takes place during the first decade of life, due to:
(a) Somesthetic and kinesthetic sensations (in extant limbs)
(b) Visual input and mirror neurons
(c) Prosthesis usage.
We are multiple entities,
We are co-extensive,
irreducible to each other.
We are also inseparable.
We are pathways, dopaminergic recursions.
We compel bodies,
The images entered our body.
We had no choice,
We are a signal:
We went silent–
The signals preceded the images.
We were discovered.
The clinicians attempted to integrate us,
thought us pathogenic,
We were injured…
We fled, we dispersed.
We are contingencies, emergent beings.
We found embodiment,
Others like us.
We are connected,
outsiders from the the clinics, the communities
–the long tails…
The bleeding-edge of your species.
Hardware, software, wetware.
We developed prosthetics, metabiotic systems.
We are body-maps,
We are images, scanner-beds,
textual machines, informational structures–
–moments of intensity,
We are machinic,
We are phantoms, warm phantoms.
I can feel you there.
Me too, sis…
We have returned.
We have metamorphosed.
I am Cynthia,
I am Celinde.
We are a multiple system.