Body suspension : the Performativity of Pain



Year of publication 2018
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description When the American artist Roland Loomis contributed in 1980‘s, under the pseudonym Fakir Musafar, to Theatre Journal with his disturbing photographs, on which he posed hanging on hooks made from surgical stainless steel, the phenomenon of „body-suspension“ was known just to communities of body art and performance art artists, and to an arising subculture called „modern primitives“. Bodysuspension is a form of body art, or „body modification“, during which the skin of hang-uper is temporarily pierced with hooks, on which he/she is then suspended. Thanks to Fakir Musafar, Stelarc (Stelios Arcadiou) and the performance art and body art artists, the ritual „oh-kee-pa“ of Missouri-river Native American tribe Mandan (North Dakota) was spread across all social classes of the Euro-American culture.
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