Bodies with Objects in Space through Screens

Casual Virtuality and the Self-Mediation of Laura Paolini's Constraining Aesthetics

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Jakub Zdebik Associate Professor, Art History and Theory, Chair, Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa, Canada jzdebik@uottawa.ca

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Abstract

Constraining aesthetics are central to Laura Paolini's artistic corpus, involving the relationship of her body to everyday objects in confined spaces during the time of the pandemic. Paolini creates a self-reflexive simulacrum of artistic experience of body, objects, and space through the interface of digital screens. This article seeks to elaborate how the elements of body, objects, and space in performance, video, and installation art are part of a screenic embodiment when read through the concepts of habit (Walter Benjamin), proprioception (Brian Massumi), allegory (Craig Owens), mediation (Fredric Jameson), and documentation (Amelia Jones).

Contributor Notes

Jakub Zdebik is Associate Professor of Art History and Theory and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of two monographs: Deleuze and the Diagram: Aesthetic Threads in Visual Organization (Continuum Press, 2012) and Deleuze and the Map-Image: Aesthetics, Information, Code and Digital Art (Bloomsbury Press, 2019). Email: jzdebik@uottawa.ca

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