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Rematerializing feminism

Stupart, L. (2014) Rematerializing feminism. In: Brooke, A., Smith, G. and Farkas, R. (eds.) Re-materialising Feminism. Arcadia Missa Press, London. ISBN 9780992674748

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This paper offers a feminist critique of ‘participatory practice’, exemplified here by Tino Sehgal, Renzo Martens and Santiago Sierra, as a practice which objectifies people-as-artistic-material under the guise of the production of empathy, experience, emotion and intersubjectivity. I argue that masculinised participatory practice be framed as 'melancholic' in that it is a terminal mourning for the lost art object of 1968, which fails to recognise this loss, thus destroying itself as art dissolves into capitalist life. I suggest that resistance to this process might happen at the site of the body-as-material, in the voice and actions of the worker-participant who constitutes the artwork.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Art > Fine Art
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Art > Art History
ID Code:115799
Uncontrolled Keywords:feminism; art; participatory practice; material feminism; melancholia; psychoanalysis; performance art
Publisher:Arcadia Missa Press

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