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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

The Body as Outlaw: Lyotard, Kafka and the Visible Human Project
The body as outlaw: Lyotard, Kafka and the Visible Human Project
NealCurtis
Introduction

The aim of this article is to use the Visible Human Project (VHP) – a digitized simulation of the human body set up by the National Library of Medicine, Maryland, USA, and currently on view on ...

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