The Resource The scar of visibility : medical performances and contemporary art, Petra Kuppers

The scar of visibility : medical performances and contemporary art, Petra Kuppers

Label
The scar of visibility : medical performances and contemporary art
Title
The scar of visibility
Title remainder
medical performances and contemporary art
Statement of responsibility
Petra Kuppers
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Contemporary visual and performance artists have adopted modern medical technologies such as MRIs and computer imaging, and the bodily access they imply, to reveal their limitations. In doing so they emphasize the unknowability of another's bodily experience and the effects, physical, emotional, and social, of medical procedures. In The Scar of Visibility, Petra Kuppers examines the use of medical imagery practices in contemporary art, as well as different arts of everyday life (self-help groups, community events, Internet sites), focusing on fantasies and "knowledge projects" surrounding the human body. Among the works she investigates are the controversial Body Worlds exhibition of plastinized corpses; video projects by Shimon Attie on diabetes and Douglas Gordon on mental health and war trauma; performance pieces by Angela Ellsworth, Bob Flanagan, and Kira O'Reilly; films like David Cronenberg's Crash and Marina de Van's In My Skin that fetishize body wounds; representations of the AIDS virus in the National Museum of Health and on CSI: Crime Scene Investigations; and the paintings of outsider artist Martin Ramirez. At the heart of this work is the scar, a place of production, of repetition and difference, of multiple nerve sensations, fragile skin, outer sign, and bodily depth. Through the embodied sign of the scar, Kuppers articulates connections between subjective experience, history, and personal politics. Illustrated throughout, The Scar of Invisibility broadens our understanding of the significance of medical images in visual culture
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
709.05
Index
index present
LC call number
N6494.B63
LC item number
K87 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The scar of visibility : medical performances and contemporary art, Petra Kuppers
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP.
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • mel
Contents
Introduction: bodily fantasies -- Visions of anatomy: space, exhibitions, and dense bodies -- Living bodies: staging knowledge, fantasy, and temporality -- The collaborative arts: pain and performance -- Intersections: blood, laughter, and the space-off -- Monsters, cyborgs, animals: crashes, cuttings, and migraines -- Medical museums and art display: the discourses of AIDS -- Reaching out: outsider art, specialists, and positions in between -- Epilogue: fantasies in the sand
Control code
000040739223
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 259 p.
Isbn
9780816646524
Isbn Type
(pb : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006028165
Other control number
2429767
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.b34198532
System control number
  • (OCoLC)71243876
  • rm34198532

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Melbourne Burwood CampusBorrow it
      221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria, 3125, AU
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