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(Un)Disciplined Bodies: Ascetic Transformation in Performance Art


(Un)Disciplined Bodies: Ascetic Transformation in Performance Art

Koroleva, Tatiana A. (2014) (Un)Disciplined Bodies: Ascetic Transformation in Performance Art. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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This dissertation investigates different modalities of self-transformation enacted in ritualistic performance art by the examination of the work of three contemporary performance artists – Marina Abramović, Linda Montano and Ron Athey. Drawing on theoretical models of ritual, in particular the model of ascetic ritual developed in the works of Gavin Flood and Richard Valantasis, Georges Bataille’s theory of sacrifice, concepts of wounded healing by Laurence J. Kirmayer and Jess Groesbeck, and recent studies of ascetic self-injury in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, I argue that ritualistic performance provides a useful model of the therapy of the body that undermines rigid models of the individual self. Ritualistic performance employs a variety of methods of re-patterning of the dominant standard of individuality and formation of alternative model of the body associated with the ascetic self. In view of significance of the transcendence of the body in the work of these artists I employ a theory of “transformation” to reflect upon performative methodology developed in the artworks of Abramović, Montano, and Athey.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies
Concordia University > Research Units > Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Koroleva, Tatiana A.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Date:23 April 2014
Thesis Supervisor(s):Sussman, Mark and Clark, Tim and Hatley, Shaman
Keywords:ritual, ritualistic performance art, radical body art
ID Code:979034
Deposited On:26 Nov 2014 14:08
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:48
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