Body art

10 11 2008

General view

Body art is art made on, with, or consisting of, the human body. The most common forms of body art are tattos and body piercings, but other types include sacrification, branding, scalpelling, shaping (for example tight-lacing of corsets), full body tattoos and body painting (the less invasive form).

More extreme body art can involve things such as mutilation or pushing the body to its physical limits. For example, one of Marina Abramovic’s works involved dancing until she collapsed from exhaustion, while one of Dennis Oppenheim’s better-known works saw him lying in the sunlight with a book on his chest, until his skin, excluding that covered by the book, was badly sunburned.

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Reading position for second degree burn, Dennis Oppenheim 1970

Body art is also a sub-category of performance art, in which artists use or abuse their own body to make their particular statements.

In more recent times, body became a subject of much broader discussions and treatments that cannot be reduced to the body art in its common understanding. Important strategies that question the human bodyimplants, body in symbiosis with the new technologies, virtual body etc. A special case of the body art strategies is the absence of body.

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