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Opening and Closing, Body Subject: A Study on the Change of the Concept of Subject in the Post-Humanism Era

  • Journal of History of Modern Art
  • 2018, (44), pp.201-228
  • DOI : 10.17057/kahoma.2018..44.008
  • Publisher : 현대미술사학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Art > Arts in general > Art History
  • Received : October 31, 2018
  • Accepted : December 1, 2018
  • Published : December 31, 2018

Lee, Ji Hyun 1

1홍익대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper aims to explain the body subject and the community within a dialectic transition. In affirmative dialectics, the body subject discloses the dual structure of existence: opening and disappearing. As a site that reveals the truth of the subject’s self belonging and self negation, the body subject is a disclosed other. The body subject transitions into the other by deconstructing a complete, ideal and natural body and abandoning its own privilege. For instance, today’s experimental artists embrace the otherness by using their body to the extent that it is almost not acceptable. This body subject contrasts with humanism’s perception subject, and it is a subject that is distributive, collective and heterogeneous, not autonomous, individual, and exclusive. For this reason, the body subject in post-humanism serves as a site for ethical problems. The body subject it self is a temporary site and an ethical site. The transition to the other itself is an ethical act, and the body subject that converges human, animal and machine reinvents itself as the truth body through such convergence. This truth body is trying to create some truthful change by disclosing the situation where there exist separated views.

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