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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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Human, Animal, and Matthew Barney

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Surface Encounters

Ron Broglio

University of Minnesota Press

This concluding chapter focuses on Matthew Barney’s film Drawing Restraint 9. It considers how lifting the restraints of language, gesture, and ritual set in motion a transformation of human-animal boundaries. It examines the film’s presentation of how restraint functions upon desire, how it bends and transforms desire, and what happens to bodies as the barriers of resistance are removed. It analyzes various parts of the film and relates it to the discussion of the whole text concerning animal phenomenology. One of these is the transformation in the tearoom scene which is analogous to Carolee Schneemann’s work of Dionysian myth where flesh is cut, dispersed, and transformed.

Keywords:   Matthew Barney, Drawing Restraint 9, human-animal boundaries, animal phenomenology, Carolee Schneemann

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