Extra Bodies – Über den Einsatz des ‹anderen Körpers› in der zeitgenössischen Kunst
The theoretical volume Extra Bodies – Über den Einsatz des ‹anderen Körpers› in der zeitgenössischen Kunst accompanies the related exhibition (Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, November 2017–February 2018) and investigates an artistic phenomenon that started in the 1990s in the field of the performing arts, and are characterized by artists using ‹other bodies› in their practices and making their “vitality” a central part of their artworks. One of the main strategies of this approach is using the specific social roles of these other bodies, thus making the societal dimension a core element of the work—these ‹other bodies› are also described as “extras.” This volume contextualizes the appearance of these other bodies in the broader context of the 1990s, especially in relation to Relational Aesthetics and its theoretical devices. The publication also analyzes the transition from the use of a “bio-political” body to a “psycho-political” body, as seen over the last 30 years.
Through successive case studies—among others, the artistic strategies of Ai Weiwei, Vanessa Beecroft, L.A. Raeven, Christoph Schlingensief, Santiago Sierra, Teresa Margolles, and Artur Żmijewski—the author develops a typology of the ‹extra body› and explores its different contexts and references. This art historical research is also linked to an investigation of the relationship between the performing body and its assimilation into the art market and the global art system. Additional insights are given by interviews with artists, gallerists, and participants, who take on the role of an ‹extra body›.
Images: 47 color
Design: Nicolas Eigenheer, Nicolas Leuba
Published by JRP|Ringier