Vibrant Matter

So Object Orientated Ontology is something I’ve also been doing some reading up on and it was nice to see things about matter and materiality presented in class. It kind of ties into this idea that things are a lot more “flat” than we currently see them, and that material can have its own agency.

After seeing this prez and checking out the reading though, I started to sort of tie some threads into Feminist Performance artists, who used their body as material. Out of them though, Orlan in the 90s really stands out. She uses her body in the context of plastic surgery to re-make herself into references or abstractions of female beauty. Its quite disturbing, but also sort of alien. I won’t link the video, but it really throws the idea of body as material into stark relief.