Trauma, bodies, and performance art: Towards an embodied ethics of seeing

  title={Trauma, bodies, and performance art: Towards an embodied ethics of seeing},
  author={S. Oliver},
  pages={119 - 129}
  • S. Oliver
  • Published 28 January 2010
  • Sociology
  • Continuum
The question of how to be an ethical witness to the suffering of distant others is one that has long been a preoccupation of trauma studies scholars. This paper addresses the problem of (un)ethical spectatorship of the traumatized body by engaging with the theory and practice of contemporary performance art. Rejecting the fantasy of the ideal moral witness, the author turns to models of embodied spectatorship suggested by performance-body art to propose ways of seeing that acknowledge and… 
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