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Title: Embodiment and disembodiment in live art : from Grotowski to hologram
Author: Ke, Shi
ISNI:       0000 0004 2725 6022
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2011
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Based on the distinction between Korper (physical body) and Leib (lived body) in its phenomenological sense, this thesis proposes a conceptual mapping between embodiment and disembodiment in Live Art. The thesis starts form the historical review on Growtowski and Artaud, and then engages with performance examples from Franko B, Mad-for-Real, Goat Island, La Pocha Nostra and Forced Entertainment, among others from the perspective of the audience and participant researcher. The thesis also includes two practice pieces from the perspective of the performer. The thesis asserts that as both the manifestation and application of phenomenological notions in live art, embodiment and disembodiment are inextricable to each other in the circulation between pre-expressivity and (para)-linguistic order. Based on this understanding, the thesis proposes a performative definition of Live Art and a method to create such art. The first half of the thesis explores embodiment as one sense of "Liveness" in Live Art. It explores the performative constitution of embodied self in its engendered actualization from indeterminate to certainty, and the performative strategy of such selves with other embodied subjects both in its aesthetic and social realm. Further discussion includes a general ecological aesthetic engagement, which has great affinity with the phenomenological notion lebenswelt (Lifeworld) constituted by embodied subjects and things. The second half explores the theoretical distinctions between materialized disembodiment and textualized disembodiment. The former pertains to the disembodiment of theperforrners and the latter pertains more to the audience. Thus. the thesis furthers the inquiry on the absence and presence of the body in live art, which also has a homology with the embodiment/disembodiment distinction. As extension of the materialized disembodiment and textualised disembodiment, the disappearing body is manifested in the practices under contemporary technological conditions such as cyborgs and hologram.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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