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This fascinating collection explores the growing range of body modification practices such as piercing, tattooing, branding, cutting and inserting implants, which have sprung up recently in the West. It asks whether this implies that we are returning to traditional tribal practices of inscribing identities onto bodies on the part of 'modern primitives', or is body modification better understood as purely cosmetic and decorative with body markings merely temporary signs of transferable loyalties? Contributors address the question of the permanence of body transformation through fitness regimes and body building; look at the French performance artist Orlan and the Australian performance artist Stelarc who explored Western standard o
Body Modification: An Introduction
The Sacrificial Body of Orlan
The Body Electric
As we approach the 21st century, there appears to be a general consensus among critics of new technologies that the human body is being distanced from its material and visceral nature, particularly through the use of computer imaging programs1 which posit the ...