By Bernadette Wegenstein
The physique as an item of severe examine dominates disciplines around the humanities to such an quantity new self-discipline has emerged: physique feedback. In Getting lower than the Skin, Bernadette Wegenstein lines modern physique discourse in philosophy and cultural stories to its roots in twentieth-century idea -- displaying how psychoanalysis, phenomenology, cognitive technology, and feminist idea contributed to a brand new physique thought -- and experiences the millennial physique in functionality artwork, pop culture, new media arts, and architecture.
Wegenstein indicates how the idea that of physically fragmentation has been in move because the 16th century's research of anatomy. The background of the body-in-pieces, she argues, is a heritage of a suffering dating among strategies of the physique -- as fragmented and as holistic. Wegenstein indicates that through the 20th century those it seems that contradictory pursuits have been built-in; either fragmentation and holism, she argues, are imperative modes of imagining and configuring the physique. The heritage of the physique, as a result, is a heritage of mediation; however it was once now not until eventually the flip of the twenty-first century and the electronic revolution that the physique was once top capable of exhibit its mediality.
After studying key thoughts in physique feedback, Wegenstein appears on the physique as "raw fabric" in twentieth-century functionality paintings, clinical thoughts for visualizing the human physique, and techniques in pop culture for "getting lower than the outside" with pictures of freely floating physique elements. Her research of present traits in structure and new media paintings demonstrates the deep connection of physique feedback to media feedback. during this method of physique feedback, the physique not stands in for anything else -- the medium has develop into the body.