The ontology of pain

poetry and sculptural installation

Jen WEBB, Paul HETHERINGTON, Paul MUNDEN, John White (Designer)

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Abstract

Despite the premise that the human body is a cultural, discursive construct
(Hayles 1993), bodies seem to have their own logic, one that extends well beyond
the limits of discourse or language, beyond temporal or cultural contexts. Pain is
a physical condition that fully reminds humans that they are flesh, and not merely
discourse, not least because pain ‘resists objectification in language’ (Scarry
1985): as the literature demonstrates, it cannot be adequately expressed or
represented in words. This creative experiment engages pain in both its physical
reality and its discursive uncertainty (Cohen 2000). The objects exhibited in
the installation are attempts to articulate pain through the medium of affect,
engendered by the images, phrases and textual experiences combined in this
work.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAustralian National Capital Artists (ANCA)
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

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Ontology
Poetry
Pain
Discursive
Language
Cultural Context
Uncertainty
Logic
Experiment
Human Body
Flesh
Physical
Discourse
Objectification

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WEBB, J. (Author), HETHERINGTON, P. (Author), MUNDEN, P. (Author), & White, J. (Designer). (2018). The ontology of pain: poetry and sculptural installation. Artefact, Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA).
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