Un/Masking

Un/Masking

Un/Masking

  • Reflections on a Transformative Process
  • Anna Baccanti / Franziska Link / Johanna Spangenberg / Antonia Stichnoth (eds)

    Softcover, 15 x 21 cm, 270 Seiten
    Erscheinungsdatum: 30.06.2021
    978-3-95808-333-2
    29,00 € *

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    Dieser Artikel erscheint am 30. Juni 2021

    • 9783958083332
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  • This volume focuses on the process of un/masking rather than on the object of the mask, and... mehr

    Investigating acts of masking and unmasking in arts and culture

    This volume focuses on the process of un/masking rather than on the object of the mask, and highlights the performative aspects that render masks catalysts of transition and transformation. Through its ability to simultaneously hide and reveal, the act of un/masking has the power to destabilize supposedly fixed identities and to blur the lines between the self and the other, the visible and the invisible, life and death. In this sense, masks are ambiguous, liminal objects, marking a condition of ‘in-between’ that is both a point of separation and a line of contact. Masking and unmasking are thus intertwined and cannot be neatly separated.

    A common trope of thinking associates the mask with lying and dissimulation, pinned on the face as a new site of truth. This understanding of the mask, prevalent in Western culture, plays on dichotomies such as depth and surface, truth and illusion, authenticity and deception. These dichotomies are both explored and challenged in the articles that comprise Un/Masking.

    In addressing both historical and contemporary phenomena, we hope to participate in a theoretical discourse on un/masking and to offer new perspectives on current debates surrounding issues such as protective masks and facial recognition technologies. To match the incredible variety of cultural contexts in which masks play a crucial role – from ancient theatrical practices to digital technologies, to ritual, artistic, and literary activities throughout the world – this volume takes a decidedly interdisciplinary approach to understanding the act of un/masking and what it can mean today.

    With contributions by Laurette Burgholzer, Joyce Cheng, Sarah Hegenbart, Bethan Hughes, Judith... mehr

    With contributions by Laurette Burgholzer, Joyce Cheng, Sarah Hegenbart, Bethan Hughes, Judith Kemp, Christiane Lewe, W. Anthony Sheppard, Bernhard Siegert, Anja Wächter, and Eleonore Zapf.

    Change Through Repetition Change Through Repetition Mimesis as a Transformative Principle Between Art and Politics
    Art and politics are related through repetition. Both realms are structured by practices of repetition and share a common room of sens(e)uality – aesthetics in the emphatic sense of the word. It is the aesthetics and practices of...
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    Being-With in Contemporary Performing Arts Being-With in Contemporary Performing Arts
    The concept of being-with developed by the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy asks a fundamental question about human life, inasmuch as we have always been and will be co-existent with people and environments. All modes of sense-making and...
    272 Seiten, Softcover – 28,00 € *