>Liquids, fluids, beauty.

October 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

>After all the effort I put into finding a book for the Upper School, the person in charge forgot to ask me to read on Monday morning. That’s fine by me. I’m biding my time, and hope I have a chance to retrieve more of my books from Brooklyn before I make a decision about the perfect book to read aloud to teenagers.

In my mythology class, we are studying one of (a very small list of) my favorite classics, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Today we watched a film about the “carnal artist,” Orlan, who is best known for undergoing plastic surgeries in order to modify her body, and examine the limits of the body and otherness. In many ways, Orlan is both Dr. Frankenstein and the Creature. She stays awake during her operations, reading from a myriad of texts, telling stories, and answering journalists’ inquiries. These “medical” procedures are filmed; her body is her medium.

WARNING: As should be expected with most things I gravitate toward, Orlan’s art is grotesque. If you watch the video, be prepared for gore.


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