Perspectives on the Body

We know that the body has been a fundamental material of art. However, after centuries of glorification of its various expressions —from athletics to acrobatics, from anatomical to erotic, from physiological to clinical, from phenomenological to political — the arts of the late XX century abruptly halt consensus aroun
d the body. Nowadays, one of the strongest features of the status of the body in
art is the proliferation of digital images, not only of natural bodies but mostly of protagonists that only very distantly make us think of humans. We are referring to a very polymorphic area where the borders of Science, Art and Technology combine, where our conceptions of property, law, technique, medicine, political community merge together giving rise to a much experimental area in which we witness the crude transformation and transmutation of the body intending to use it as a laboratory towards metamorphosis, hybridization, gender transgression through instrumental technologies (as in queer and Cybernetic arts). That is why this line of inquiry puts in connection the research coming from the arts and the humanities with that of cognitive neurosciences and technology. This line of inquiry also aims at investigating the creative potential and epistemic functions of gestural diagrams, that is, the ways in which body diagrams may serve to trigger and establish new thoughts. The objective is to directly connect the ways in which our brains/material minds/embodied sensory existences respond to artworks, namely in theatre, performance, film, painting, photography and architecture.

Exhibition Representations of the body