Body and Image: Trajectories of Transformation

Body and Image: Trajectories of Transformation

Displacing Disease: A Performative Account
Sarah Pini (Macquarie University)

Displacing suggests moving from a certain place, generally considered as usual, and familiar, to an elsewhere that is perceived as alien, different, unknown. What is it that becomes displaced in someone’s life after receiving a cancer diagnosis? When the body suddenly becomes uninhabitable, where does the exiled occupier of this body go? Through autoethnographic analysis and the images collected over ten years of oncological treatments and dance performances, this video essay displays how processes of healing can be set in motion by practices of displacement, physical explorations and unexpected journeys.

Mediated Trajectories: Living with Addiction
Meg Stalcup, Yvonne Wallace, Heather Buist & Chloe Desjardins (University of Ottawa) and Eugene Raikhel (University of Chicago)

This presentation is an excerpt from a larger film project about people living with addiction in Ontario, Canada. Audio-recorded interviews are heard over video footage shot of local scenes in the city of Ottawa, although not of the speaker. By working with a disjunction between sound and image, we aim to displace an often presumed equivalence between what is seen of someone in a film and their lived existence, and between individual trajectories and a general construct of addiction.

Reflections on Displacement, Illness and Death
Mac Skelton (Johns Hopkins University)

This presentation follows the varied displacements of an Iraqi agricultural family. I explore overlapping forms of dislocation: The death and uprooting of crops due to war-induced ecological change; the forced eviction and relocation of persons at the hands of armed militias; and the uncertain movement towards acknowledging one’s dying. The presentation builds upon anthropological studies that have explored how people variously imagine and project themselves in movement, which may include references not only to physical movement across space but also existential passages across thresholds of life.

Imaging Life Otherwise
Andrew McGrath (UC Irvine)

I analyze how negotiations of deafness and listening emerge in the home through a displacement of familial ways of knowing by clinical epistemologies specifically arranged to function in the relational spaces between loved ones. Accompanying the textual narrative are a set of photographs, material still-lives made in collaboration with my informants. As practice based, contra-clinical acts of creative catharsis,the collaborations become processes of contestation and an imagining of family lives both beside and beyond the colonizing anchor of the clinic.

Transgender Identity via YouTube
Dale Zigelsky (University of Arkansas)

Using the public YouTube channel of a Female-to-Male (FTM) individual—and with explicit permission—this project documents the presentation of gender identity over an 8-year span. Splicing together clips from across nearly a decade, I explore how specific visual grammars provide performative registers of shifting personal and public gender identity.

Exploring the Sensorial Surround of Dancing Brazilian Zouk
Jonathan Marion (University of Arkansas)

Informed by exploratory participation in workshops, coaching, and social dances across the US, Mexico, and Brazil, this presentation introduces the viewer to Brazilian zouk—a dance form at the forefront of contemporary globalizing processes. In line with the conference theme of ‘displacements,’ zouk emerged in Brazil in the early 1990s, melding the local dance, lambada, onto rhythms from Angola by way of the French Caribbean. Making its way to Europe 10 years later, and the USA 10 years after that, zouk represents an interesting intersection of cultural aesthetics and embodiments, as well as South to North Global flows and prestige.