“Towards New Class of Being: The Extended Body” presented by Catts and Zurr


Session Title:

  • Transvergence

Presentation Title:

  • Towards New Class of Being: The Extended Body



  • The biomass of disassociated living cells and tissues is in the thousands of tons. These fragments do not fall under current biological or cultural classifications. The notion of the extended body can be seen as a way to define this category of life, while at the same time attempting to destabilize some of the rooted perceptions of classification of living beings. The extend body can and is an amalgamation of the human extended phenotype with tissue life—a unfilled body for disembodied living fragments, an ontological device, set to draw attention to the need of re-examining current taxonomies and hierarchical perceptions of life.

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