Disfiguration involves a distinctive process whereby the body in performance, or an existing artwork, may be subject to an intervention which intentionally overhauls, distorts or betrays it; disfiguration may ‘twist’ the original work, to use the term of the artist Richard Hawkins. The body may also inflict its own disfigurations, and display or project them in performance. This issue opens up ground for original explorations and interrogations of disfiguration as an idea, procedure or entity with an often-intimate and beguiling approach to performance. Disfiguration resonates with seminal bodies of performance work such as those of Antonin Artaud, Tatsumi Hijikata and Ko Murobushi, but also forms a vitally aberrant strand in contemporary performance, including its digital art dimensions. Research into disfiguration may explore the work of theorists such as Bataille, but also entails the formulation of new kinds of corporeal analysis. The essays and artists’ pages in this issue engage with preoccupations with disfiguration in multiple and often-contrary ways. In all of its manifestations, disfiguration marks a transmutation in the status of the body which performances envision, archive, excavate or sound.
Read the editorial and abstracts for the issue here.
Editorial : On disfiguration
Stephen Barber, Richard Gough
Richard Hawkins and the Disfiguration of the Archive
Delectable Parts [artist’s pages]
Processes of Corporeal Corruption and Objective Disfiguration : in Tatsumi Hijikata’s 1960s Butoh
Processes of Disfiguration within the Dance of Kō Murobushi
Romina Sylvia Achatz
From the Figure to the Cipher : Figuration, disfiguration and the limits of visibility
Disfiguration, Obliteration : What remains of the body in the works of Unica Zürn and VALIE EXPORT
The Wall of History
Breaking the Mirror
Rescaling the Private : Extimate miniaturization in the theatre of Niwa Gekidan Penino
Android Corporeality, Transhuman Performance and the Japanese ‘Mind’
Performing Sufi Disfiguration : Transformation of the self
For the Love of Elu : Steven Cohen’s gentle endocannibalism
Monstrosity : The face of war
Under the Influence of … Affective Performance
The Torture of the 100 Pieces : A work in progress by Martin Bladh and Karolina Urbaniak
Apocalipsis Cum Disfiguris [artist’s pages]
Performing Disfiguration : Staging of relationalities in Pottan Teyyam
Akhila Vimal C.
Theatre, Representation and the ‘Other’ : Recent books on theatre and disability [review]