Getting Under the Skin: Body and Media Theory (MIT Press)

Getting Under the Skin: Body and Media Theory (MIT Press)

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 reports to its roots in twentieth-century inspiration -- displaying how psychoanalysis, phenomenology, cognitive technological know-how, and feminist conception contributed to a brand new physique thought -- and reviews the millennial physique in functionality artwork, pop culture, new media arts, and architecture.

Wegenstein exhibits how the idea that of physically fragmentation has been in move because the 16th century's research of anatomy. The historical past of the body-in-pieces, she argues, is a historical past of a suffering dating among ideas of the physique -- as fragmented and as holistic. Wegenstein indicates that by way of the 20th century those it seems that contradictory events have been built-in; either fragmentation and holism, she argues, are crucial modes of imagining and configuring the physique. The heritage of the physique, accordingly, is a background of mediation; however it used to be now not till the flip of the twenty-first century and the electronic revolution that the physique was once most sensible in a position to convey its mediality.

After reading key options in physique feedback, Wegenstein appears to be like on the physique as "raw fabric" in twentieth-century functionality paintings, scientific options for visualizing the human physique, and methods in pop culture for "getting lower than the outside" with photos of freely floating physique components. 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 whatever else -- the medium has develop into the body.

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