'Tissue to Text: Ars moriendi and the theatre of anatomy'

Ingham, Karen (2010) 'Tissue to Text: Ars moriendi and the theatre of anatomy'. Performance Research. ISSN ISSN 1352-8165 (Print), 1469-9990 (Online)

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Abstract

The dissection of the dead in order to bring knowledge to the living is a subject I have written of elsewhere (2004 and 2008), but I want to visit this territory anew in order to place the theatre of anatomy and the body therein within a broader matrix of meanings associated with the memento mori. I do so as an artist-theorist and my contribution is designed to bring to the reader’s attention a number of artistic interventions in theatres of death where performative elements are at play. As Maaike Bleeker suggests artists are becoming increasingly drawn to this rich area of investigation: New developments onstage, in contemporary theory as well as in philosophy, suggest the productivity of bringing theatre and theory back into the same room in order to explore alternative conceptions emerging at the intersection of artistic practices and philosophical, theoretical and scientific ideas. (2008: 14–15) This is precisely what I have endeavoured to do, to bring theory back into the theatres of the dead and open the doors to the living that they might, if only briefly, experience the drama and the tragedy of these normally forbidden spaces.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: Ingham, Karen(2010) 'Tissue to Text: Ars moriendi and the theatre of anatomy', Performance Research, 15: 1, 48 — 57.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Art, Anatomy, Death, Memento Mori, Performance
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Divisions: Faculties > Faculty of Art and Design
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 08 May 2012 14:45
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 10:07
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/264

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