Carnal Aesthetics


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Contents List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgements ix Notes on Contributors x Introduction 1 Bettina Papenburg and Marta Zarzycka PART I ENCOUNTERING (AESTH) ETHICS 1 Trauma, Time and Painting: Bracha Ettinger and the Matrixial Aesthetic 21 Griselda Pollock 2 Showing Sounds: Listening to War Photographs 42 Marta Zarzycka 3 Another Regard 54 Erin Manning PART II AFFECTIVE IMAGERY 4 Uneasy Bodies: Affect, Embodies Perception and Contemporary Fashion Photography 73 Eugenie Shinkle 5 Force of Affects, Weight of Histories in Love is a Treasure 89 Ann Koivunen 6 Atmospheric Affects 102 Jill Bennett PART III SENTIENT BODIES 7.The Dream Olfactory: On Making Scents of Cinema 121 Vivian Sobchak 8. Thinking Multisensory Culture 144 Laura U. Marks 9. Grotesque Sensations; Carnivalising the Sensorium in the Art of Wangechi Mutu 158 Bettina Papenburg PART IV STRATEGIES OF DISRUPTION 10. Tactile Visions: From Embodies to Encoded Love 175 Martine Beugnet 11. Art as a Circuit Breaker: Surveillance Screens and Powers of Affect 198 Paricia Pisters 12. Shattered Images and Desiring Matter 214 A Diaologue between Hito Steyerl and Domitilla Olivieri 13. Mucosal Monsters 226 Patricia MacCormack Name Index 238 Subject Index 240

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Art today is a multifaceted phenomenon,encompassing transgressive works that intervene in war, inequalities, ecological disasters, and changes in technology. Carnal Aesthetics is a fascinating new examination of this aspect of contemporary visual culture employing recent theories of transgressive body imagery, trauma and sensation to do so.

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Bettina Papenburg and Marta Zarzycka are both lecturers and researchers at the Graduate Gender Programme in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University.


'They show how open the discussions still are as to how to write the aesthetic, affective event in both a descriptive and a transformative way. It's a document of an exciting, transitional time.' Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago, author of Cruel Optimism 'This exciting, important collection offers ethical, politically urgent possibilities for multiple feminist engagements with artistic and cultural practices, suggesting "alternative sensorial modalities" - hearing, smell,feeling and touch - through which to reconfigure aesthetic encounters.' Jill Dolan, Princeton University, author of Utopia in Performance and The Feminist Spectator as Critic 'Carnal Aesthetics is a must have for anyone interested in phenomenological issues of identification, visuality, affect, meaning and value in visual culture, the politics of art and the ethics of interpretation.' Amelia Jones, McGill University, author of Seeing Differently 'Carnal Aesthetics contains a great number of exciting essays by a felicitous mix of established and emerging scholars. It offers a palette of visions and of artworks worth collecting like pearls that, strung together, open up the domain of art to approaches closer to experience than to past conventions.' Mieke Bal, cultural analyst and video artist, University of Amsterdam

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