help me find the author of a phrase, please

Hi all,

"Our body is the surface by which the body has access to reality" Who wrote this once?

I am using the text : "Notre corps est la surface par laquelle la machine à accès au réel." for one of my collectif writing projects.
I guess this means something like "Our body is the surface by which the body has access to reality"

I am allmost sure that I first found the text somewhere on the web in English, that I translated the phrase in French and used the translated phrase much later for my project.

Can someone on this list help me find the original English phrase and it's author? Does it give a ring to someone?

Thanks a lot in advance

nathaniel stern April 21 2008 11:31Reply

Not sure, but it sounds like something that Mark BN Hansen would say. If in French, it may be Allain Millon or Jean-Luc Nancy, but they'd say it classier than that (which is why I guessed Hansen, who is not as good of a writer - despite that he is very smart - but it could just be a bad translation). I don't know the direct quote, but those theorists would be good places to start….

Annie Abrahams April 21 2008 12:13Reply

The phrase came from Ollivier Dyens
"I first came across Ollivier in the mid 1990's when I read his article 'The Emotion of Cyberspace: Art and Cyber-ecology,' in Leonardo. At the time i was deeply questioning my newly formed relationship with computer technology; and on reading his essay, the lines "the living being is the sacred text of cyberspace… our body is the screen (the signifying surface ) by which the machine has access to reality" deeply ressonated with me, and profoundly influenced my approach towards working on the net." Melinda Rackman in

Thanks to Jimpunk