Scar of Visibility
Medical Performances and Contemporary Art annotated edition
By (author) Petra Kuppers
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Scar of Visibility by Petra Kuppers
Book DescriptionContemporary 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.Petra Kuppers is associate professor of English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the author of Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816646524
(254mm x 178mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 25-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Petra Kuppers
Studying Disability Arts and Culture, Hardback (October 2014)
In this practical introduction to the study of Disability Arts and Culture, Petra Kuppers draws on a wide range of examples, exercises and activities to introduce the key artists and theoretical concepts in this diverse field. Comprehensive and accessible, this is an essential handbook for anyone interested in the disabled body in performance.
Disability Culture and Community Performance, Paperback (July 2011)
Performances in hospices and on beaches; cross-cultural myth making in Wales, New Zealand and the US; communal poetry among mental health system survivors: this book presents a senior practitioner/critic's exploration of arts-based research processes sustained over more than a decade - a subtle engagement with disability culture.
Community Performance Reader, Paperback (February 2007)
Brings together core writings and critical approaches to community performance work, presenting practices in the UK, US, Australia and beyond. This title combines classic writings from major theorists and practitioners such as Augusto Boal, Paolo Freire, Dwight Conquergood and Jan Cohen Cruz, with commissioned essays.
Community Performance, Paperback (February 2007)» View all books by Petra Kuppers
Offering a toolkit for students interested in running community arts groups, this book includes: international case-studies and first person stories by practitioners and participants; sample exercises, both practical and reflective; study questions; and, excerpts of illustrative material from theorists and practitioners.
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