Carnal Aesthetics

Carnal Aesthetics

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Art today is an increasingly multifaceted phenomenon, encompassing transgressive works that intervene in war, inequalities, ecological disasters, and revolutionary changes in technology. Carnal Aesthetics is a fascinating new examination of this aspect of contemporary visual culture. Employing recent theories of transgressive body imagery, trauma, affectivity and sensation, it provides a fresh look at the meeting point between the politics of representation and the politics of perception, through the prismatic lens of feminist theory._x000D_ _x000D_ Acclaimed scholars, including Griselda Pollock, Vivian Sobchack, Laura Marks, Erin Manning, Jill Bennett, and Martine Beugnet, analyse seminal case studies coming from different media: digital photography, video, film and multimedia art. They explore a number of transgressive movements that significantly reconfigure the relationship between the body and the image, challenging also the primacy of vision._x000D_... to the sensory basis of aesthetic experience.5 The first part of this essay will recapture the concepts of the grotesque and the carnivalesque. The second part will attend to the resurfacing of these concepts in Mutua#39;s art. ... Inverting both social and bodily hierarchies, the grotesque body is extended, protruding, fragmented, heterogeneous, incomplete, ... It has travelled to a number of cultural arenas such as literature and the visual arts in the form of what Bakhtin calls the carnivalesque, anbsp;...

Title:Carnal Aesthetics
Author: Bettina Papenburg, Marta Zarzycka
Publisher:I.B.Tauris - 2012-12-18

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