Naked Experience





The human body gained a new precedent in art once technologies allowed integration and reciprocity between viewer and artwork. In this article I will focus on aesthetic experiences that present the body as an interface for utilising our intrinsic, deep-routed nature of being human. I mean by this artworks that exploit the characteristics of the embodied nature of our existence, determining our body as the facade of our conscious and unconscious acts. ‘Performativity’ is integral to these experiences and the agency of the artwork shaped by the ‘now and then’ actions of the viewer-performer, often triggering unforeseen reactions and a journey of interception. I will argue that these experiential artworks create their own aesthetic claim whilst interrogating universal questions of being human that challenge the social, political and cultural constructions of the now; the experience that such artworks facilitate will be presented herein as Naked Experiences ...

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