This articles concern is the semiotic and cultural history of the cyborg, a hybrid figure that finds one of its earliest and, for western societies, most profound manifestations in the tortured, perforated and bleeding body of the crucified Christ. This hybrid – God and man – is interrogated in order to explain the ability of such figures to articulate a range of experiences and understandings of embodiment, and to reveal the mechanisms and possibilities of our engagements with technology.
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