ISBN 9780262272773
376 pp.
May 2007

Content Publisher
The MIT Press


In re:skin, scholars, essayists and short story writers offer their perspectives on skin—as boundary and surface, as metaphor and physical reality. The twenty-first century and its attendant technology call for a new investigation of the intersection of body, skin, and technology. These cutting-edge writings address themes of skin and bodily transformation in an era in which we are able not only to modify our own skins—by plastic surgery, tattooing, skin graft art, and other methods—but to cross skins, merging with other bodies or colonizing multiple bodies. The book’s agile crossings of disciplinary and genre boundaries enact the very transformations they discuss. A short story imagines a manufactured maternal interface that allows a man to become pregnant, and a scholar describes the evolution of “body criticism”; a writer uses “faux science” to explore animal prints on faux fur, and fictional lovers experience one another's sexual sensations through the slipping on and off of skin-like bodysuits. Ubiquitous computational interfaces are considered as the “skin” of technology, and questions of race and color are shown to play out in digital art practice. The essays and narratives gathered in re:skin claim that the new technologically mutable body is neither purely liberating nor simply limiting; instead, these pieces show us models, ways of living in a technological culture.

Contributors: Austin Booth, Rebecca Cannon, Model T and Sara D(iamond), L. Timmel Duchamp, Mary Flanagan, Jewelle Gomez, Jennifer Gonzalez, Nalo Hopkinson, Alice Imperiale, Shelley Jackson, Christina Lammer, David J. Leonard, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Melinda Rackham, Vivian Sobchack, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Bernadette Wegenstein.


  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Illustration Credits
  3. Editors and Contributors
  4. 1. Introduction

    Mary Flanagan and Austin Booth

  5. 2. The Man Who Plugged In

    L. Timmel Duchamp

  6. 3. Safety of Skin

    Melinda Rackham

  7. 4. Making Room for the Body: From Fragmentation to Mediation

    Bernadette Wegenstein

  8. 5. On Morphological Imagination

    Vivian Sobchack

  9. 6. Fur Manifesto

    Model T. and Sara D(iamond)

  10. 7. Ganger (Ball Lightning)

    Nalo Hopkinson

  11. 8. Perfect Twins

    Rebecca Cannon

  12. 9. Lynx and Strand

    Jewelle Gomez

  13. 10. Readers of the Lost Art

    Elisabeth Vonarburg

  14. 11. The Black.Net.Art Actions: Blackness for Sale (2001), The Interaction of Coloreds (2002), and The Pink of Stealth (2003)

    Keith + Mendi Obadike

  15. 12. Eye Contact: Fine Moving Hands and the Flesh and Blood of Image Fabrication in the Operating Theaters of Interventional Radiology

    Christina Lammer

  16. 13. Seminal Space: Getting Under the Digital Skin

    Alicia Imperiale

  17. 14. SKIN

    Shelley Jackson

  18. 15. Reskinning the Everyday

    Mary Flanagan

  19. 16. Performing Blackness: Virtual Sports and Becoming the Other in an Era of White Supremacy

    David J. Leonard

  20. 17. Morphologies: Race as a Visual Technology

    Jennifer González

  21. Index