Performances of Pleasure & Pain: The Politics of Sex and Violence in Contemporary Art

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Performances of Pleasure &Pain

Spring 2022

Taught By: Joshua Lubin-Levy

Section: A

CRN: 11762

Credits: 4

The body in pleasure. The body in pain. How do we understand the politics of presenting the body in, as some would argue, such unrepresentable states? Against the moralizing rhetoric of popular culture, in a world inundated with images of sex and violence, this course will explore approaches artists and theorists have taken to the limits of embodied sensorium as a political practice since the mid-twentieth century. Examining works of art, video, performance, and literature that attempt to make meaning of the ""irrationality"" of the senses, this course will ask students to consider both the ethics of such representations, as well as the politics and aesthetics of our own conditions of being audience, voyeur, and critic. We will consider the definitions of obscenity—historically, theoretically, and personally—and consider how forms of censorship say as much about our vulnerability as viewers as they do about the social norms that often call for their enactment. If part of the course is dedicated to critiquing the way in which imagery of pleasure and pain often function to objectify and subjugate the body, we will also consider the deliberate use of such imagery beyond the simple idea of shock or surprise. A strong emphasis will be placed on discussion and debate in class, reading, and writing. Due to the conceptual framework of this course students will be required to engage with challenging materials at times of an explicit nature. While the safety of all students interested in enrolling will be paramount, it is requested that students consider their own comfort level with dealing with representations of sex and violence before electing to take this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:34pm 6/29/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 263

Date Range: 1/24/2022 - 5/16/2022