The Body Voyage as Visual Representation and Art Performance

Jan-Eric Olsén

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This paper looks at the notion of the body as an interior landscape that is made intelligible through visual representation. It discerns the key figure of the inner corporeal voyage, identifies its main elements and examines how contemporary artists working with performances and installations deal with it. A further aim with the paper is to discuss what kind of image of the body that is conveyed through medical visual technologies, such as endoscopy, and relate it to contemporary discussions on embodiment, embodied vision and bodily presence. The paper concludes with a recent exhibition by the French artist Christian Boltanski, which gives a somewhat different meaning to the idea of the body voyage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-241
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • History of Ideas


  • medical images
  • performance art
  • les archives du coeur


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