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Performance art as a healing ritual for self-mutilators

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Performance art as a healing ritual for self-mutilators

Kominsky, Reva (2006) Performance art as a healing ritual for self-mutilators. Other thesis, Concordia University.

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This study examines the creation of performance art as a transformative therapeutic approach with persons who harm their own bodies. In order to explore potential avenues of this embodied therapeutic approach, the artist/researcher created a performance piece entitled "Borderland". The piece represents a hermeneutic 'dialogue' between the literature on self-mutilation and performance art and the researcher's own subjective and embodied creative process. A premise of this study is that in both performance art and the act of self-mutilation the body is the 'borderland' between inner and outer realms. The body is also the prime means of communicating and making direct and tangible contact with both the self and the other. This 'borderland' will be linked to the transitional space of ritual which both the performance artist and the self-mutilator creates, in part, to connect with, and integrate, lost dissociated parts of the self.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Authors:Kominsky, Reva
Series Name:Research Paper
Pagination:vi, 89 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. + 1 videodisc (4 3/4 in.)
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies
Date:2006
Thesis Supervisor(s):Silverman, Yehudit
ID Code:8946
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:40
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 15:01
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