Empire vs. The Body

Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich had his home raided last week in an investigation tied to doping infractions. Among other items seized, authorities confiscated samples of Ullrich's DNA, to be compared to frozen blood samples found by Spanish police.


In the context of high-performance athletics, we might say that the overexposed athletic body, both externally, in terms of its global position, and internally, in terms of its chemical composition, prefigures the telos of total control. We might also say, in following Virilio's logic, that the threat of disappearance comes from the disgraced few that are caught being erased from the archives/record books as if their performance never existed.


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