Getting Under the Skin: Body and Media Theory

Getting Under the Skin Body and Media Theory Tracing the evolution of contemporary body discourse Getting Under the Skin analyzes the tension between a fragmented and holistic body concept in performance art popular culture new media arts and

  • Title: Getting Under the Skin: Body and Media Theory
  • Author: Bernadette Wegenstein Mark B.N. Hansen
  • ISBN: 9780262232470
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tracing the evolution of contemporary body discourse Getting Under the Skin analyzes the tension between a fragmented and holistic body concept in performance art, popular culture, new media arts, and architecture.The body as an object of critical study dominates disciplines across the humanities to such an extent that a new discipline has emerged body criticism In GettiTracing the evolution of contemporary body discourse Getting Under the Skin analyzes the tension between a fragmented and holistic body concept in performance art, popular culture, new media arts, and architecture.The body as an object of critical study dominates disciplines across the humanities to such an extent that a new discipline has emerged body criticism In Getting Under the Skin, Bernadette Wegenstein traces contemporary body discourse in philosophy and cultural studies to its roots in twentieth century thought showing how psychoanalysis, phenomenology, cognitive science, and feminist theory contributed to a new body concept and studies the millennial body in performance art, popular culture, new media arts, and architecture.Wegenstein shows how the concept of bodily fragmentation has been in circulation since the sixteenth century s investigation of anatomy The history of the body in pieces, she argues, is a history of a struggling relationship between two concepts of the body as fragmented and as holistic Wegenstein shows that by the twentieth century these two apparently contradictory movements were integrated both fragmentation and holism, she argues, are indispensable modes of imagining and configuring the body The history of the body, therefore, is a history of mediation but it was not until the turn of the twenty first century and the digital revolution that the body was best able to show its mediality.After examining key concepts in body criticism, Wegenstein looks at the body as raw material in twentieth century performance art, medical techniques for visualizing the human body, and strategies in popular culture for getting under the skin with images of freely floating body parts Her analysis of current trends in architecture and new media art demonstrates the deep connection of body criticism to media criticism In this approach to body criticism, the body no longer stands in for something else the medium has become the body.

    One thought on “Getting Under the Skin: Body and Media Theory”

    1. An overview of feminist, media, art body via an enormous array of critical theory. This is just the tip of Bernadette's iceberg of thought, but a fantastic introduction to her approach and ideas about the body and technology and how it's representation has been forever altered and continues to develop through pop culture, media art, and critical theory.

    2. The first chapter was very useful for my thesis, the rest not so much. I do appreciate the clear and easy to understand language, that's a rare feature of lit theory books!

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