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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 anothers 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 OReilly; films like David Cronenbergs Crash and Marina de Vans 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 Ramírez.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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Kuppers (English, U. of Michigan-Ann Arbor) explores how people use art about bodies in order to find alignment between the social knowledge, medical perspectives, their own sensations, and their sense of self. Her topics include pain and performance; blood, laughter, and the space-off; and the discourses of AIDS in medical museums and art displays. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816646531
Author:
Kuppers, Petra
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Performance
Subject:
Performance art
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Museums
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Drama
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General-General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
58 halftones
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 0.5 in

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