Notes on Body in Contemporary Art

It seems unlikely that their is art which doesn’t involve body – one way or another ( making art and event relating to eat are rooted in the material word of encounter

(1970) : Important body oriented work of the feminist (1970) withdraw of stereotypes / imparesment etc..

Humanism -> into art – validated the bodies appearance > NOW : body potential signifier of lived experience and medium of formal and aesthetic observation

Body in popular culture :

  • visible
  • construct social codes  – modifications – tattoos etc
  • arena for politics of identity
  • marker of belonging

Not just the physical barrier of skin because this would overlook on the psychological aspect that exists beyond our basic corporeal boundaries and the mutual relationship between context and self.

– individual must be established with reference to social circumstance as well as non – human facros –  WE must consider nature – the fabric of the world that appears to exist beyond human consciousness


Contemporary artists have been much influenced by the claims made for happenings: that they exist in the moment only – to be experienced by the whole body in the here and now

Difference between body and figure ( figurative artwork tends to reside int he realm of the optical ,whereas that involving the body requires a wider consideration. )

→ Investigate further the work of OSKAR SCHLEMMER and Bauhous school (the human form becomes the point at which physical space and internal, emotional forces meet and are expressed though movement )


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