The Confederation of Multidisciplinary Automaton Scholars 1997 Conference
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Strand A: History and Culture
8:15 - 9:00 a.m.
Harbor Vista Room
ORANGE SUNSHINE AND FETID-SMELLING PELLETS: Ingestion, Digestion, and Excretion as Collective Hallucination in Enlightenment Europe
F. Figurski (Walpole Alumni Association) & V.T. Nguyen (Gilroy Culinary Academy)
Abstract:Vaucanson's celebrated mechanical duck, while representing the mysteries of the internal landscape as simple mechanical processes, has remained in the popular imagination a transcendent example of Bovokan's socially-constructed "Digestive Ecstasy." Like all (post)modern readers, as both perpetrators and victims of violence, we must lament the passing of text-as-pulp even as we indulge in the self-conflicted pleasures of peristalsis and recycling of organic waste. It is in this admittedly confusing context — and amidst rumors that the Rosellini-van Gelderschott pigs have reemerged from history's bowels — that we take a fresh look at Vaucanson's artifacts and pose the question, "Where's the meat?"