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Surface EncountersThinking with Animals and Art$
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Ron Broglio

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672967

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672967.001.0001

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Body of Thought

Body of Thought

Immanence and Carolee Schneemann

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Surface Encounters

Ron Broglio

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter further delves into the Baconian notion of cutting open and consuming the animal body and relates it to the figure of Dionysus. It looks into Carolee Schneemann’s works, highlighting Meat Joy, a piece influenced by Dionysian art and Bacon’s notion where the feast presented doubles the fragmented nature of human-animal being. It discusses consumption becoming a performance of human animality and a plane of immanence between man and animal. It also describes Friedrich Nietzsche’s ontology through his The Birth of Tragedy where the satyr, half-man half-horse, grapples with the tensions in his double way of being. It also examines Martin Heidegger’s counter to Nietzsche’s satyr in a figure named the “shepherd of Being”, which keeps animals, including his animal nature, at a distance as a something to be managed and leads them to the butcher to be cut and eaten.

Keywords:   Baconian, Dionysus, Carolee Schneemann, Meat Joy, human animality, immanence, Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy, Martin Heidegger, shepherd of Being

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