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Indicates the inseparability of textuality, materiality, and heritage in discussions of the physique.

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Artificial hearts, breasts, hair implants, reproductive technologies, and organ transplants have already transported us into the world of tomorrow; Orlan serves as intermediary between present and future. Her installation at the Pompidou Center’s Hors Limites show in 1994 was called “Entre” (“In Between Two”): she stands between past and future, human and posthuman. (When she learned about Jeffrey Deitch’s Post Human show, she let him know that she should have been included. ) She did participate in the “Virtual Futures” Conference at the University of Warwick in England in the summer of 1995, which had the declared aim to bury the 20th century and begin work on the 2lst.

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Here she is not claiming unique experiences that one sex has that the other does not: rather, she is arguing that there has never been a space in culture for women as women. Women have only ever been represented as a lack, the opposite, the same as, or the complement of the one subject, the unique human subject. In making the claim that sexual difference is yet to take place, she is arguing that there is no space in culture, in representation, in exchange, in ethics, in politics, in history, or in writing, for the existence of two sexes, only the one sex and its counterpart.

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