Posthuman Spiritualities in Contemporary Performance

Politics, Ecologies and Perceptions

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Silvia Battista
  • London, England: 
    Palgrave Macmillan
    , June
     2018.
     220 pages.
     $74.99.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9783319897578.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Claire Maria Chambers forthcoming.

Description

This book provides an interpretative analysis of the notion of spirituality through the lens of contemporary performance and posthuman theories. The book examines five performance/artworks: The Artist is Present (2010) by Marina Abramović; The Deer Shelter Skyscape (2007) by James Turrell; CAT (1998) by Ansuman Biswas; Journey to the Lower World by Marcus Coates (2004); and the work with pollen by Wolfgang Laib. Through the analysis of these works the notion of spirituality is grounded in materiality and embodiment allowing the conceptual juxtaposition of spirit and matter to introduce the paradoxical as the guiding thread of the narrative of the book. Here, the human is interrogated and negotiated with/within a plurality of other living organisms, intangible existences and micro and macrocosmic ecologies. Silence, meditation, shamanic journeys, reciprocal gazing, restraint, and contemplation are analyzed as technologies used to manipulate perception and adventure into the multilayered condition of matter.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Silvia Battista is an artist and writer. Over the last twenty years, she has engaged with a multidisciplinary set of artistic languages and research methods.

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