Subversive body in performance art
Koroleva, Tatiana A.
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This thesis investigates the contemporary body art practices, their ontological, psychological and social implications. As one of the most radical forms of performance art, body art reveals the very problem of resistance to dominant mainstream discourses in post-industrial society. I argue that the major meaning of body art practices lies not in their representation of social and political criticism of mainstream societies, discussed in the literature on body art, but rather the significance of body art lies in its attempt to overcome the very notion of individual subjectivity as the main structural unit of social and political life. By questioning the primary structures on which subjectivity is built, body art searches for alternative modes of physical and mental being in contemporary culture.