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A/r/tografy of a body-experience: contemporary art, feminisms, and production of subjectivity

Grant number: 12/16383-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2013
Effective date (End): July 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal Investigator:Fernando Silva Teixeira Filho
Grantee:Roberta Stubs Parpinelli
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil


Using my experience as a psychologist and visual artist, with this research I come up with the proposal to create intercessors between art and psychology in order to think and produce forms of subjectivity affected to becoming and multiplicities. Believing in the ethic, aesthetic and political relevancy in investing in the production of plural and post-identitarian subjectivities, this research explores art as a vector potentially capable of enriching and singularizing our experience fields. The differences are been positivated as alterity, and this enrichment assumes, at the same time, the deconstruction of values and rules that sets us as ready and immutable, and the assumption of a new taste for life without any distinction of gender, ethnicity, species or class. We are talking, therefore, about art as means to remean our relations with ourselves and with the world, as a route to create new ways of thinking and living our practises, desires and values. In this perspective, in interface with the feminisms in what they have of transforming, subversive and inventive power, I used imagetic and literary resources to create other figures of subjectivity, other figurations for the body and the subject. Nomads, ciborgue and hybrid figurations are assembled as a device for us to think about multiple and post identitarian forms of subjectivization which are less tied up to essentialisms and naturalizations that justify hierarchies of power. Using a/r/tography as a method, I could hereby talk about art doing art. While exploring some of my propositions, and also various artists' propositions, I depict a track full of impressions, memories and references that were charted in order to envision the intensive maps that propelled this work. These intensities lead to the plan of molecular and micropolitic forces that are implied in the course of researching. Adopting a/r/tography to better understand these forces was the way that I found to shape some resistance gestures to the biopolitic logic responsible for deaden and docilizate our bodies and subjectivity. Gestures are materialized into artistic propositions moved by an intense desire of creating new exit points to escape from the forces that segregate life; the forces that capture us all around, subjectivizating our inner and outer self. Combining art, feminisms and psychology I have tried to produce a critical and sensitive knowledge capable of mobilizing in our bodies and subjectivity a power to affect and being affected. Under another threshold of sensitivity it is possible to allow minority flows of life to surge, and experience ourselves while others. And perhaps, being a sensitive body opened to the forces of the world will depict an art of living that affirms life in its exuberance and multiplicity.

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PARPINELLI, Roberta Stubs. A/r/tografia de um corpo-experiência: arte contemporânea, feminismos e produção de subjetividade. 2015. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Faculdade de Ciências e Letras. Assis Assis.

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