Kristine Stiles, France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, presents a Colloquium on Body Art: Between the ‘Who’ and the ‘What’ of Love.
The Austrian artist Günter Brus’ Zerreißprobe (July 19, 1970) remains the Alpha and Omega of body art nearly five decades after he presented the action in Munich’s Aktionsraum I, an early “alternative space.” The twenty-five-minute performance continues to defy description or to capture the sensate sounds, smells, and sight of Brus’ self-afflicted psychic ordeal and corporeal abjection, or the affective power of the photographs of his action on artists for the next fifty years. This talk discusses Zerreißprobe, considers the many renowned performance artists throughout the world that were influenced by it, presents the work in a new theoretical context, and comments on the reception of Body and Action Art today.
This event is open to the public with a reception to follow. To see the event flyer click here.