The ontology of pain: poetry and sculptural installation

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

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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)
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


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