On the Taiwanese Body: Writings by Wang Molin 1979-2009 (Volume 1, 台灣身體論: 王墨林評論集1979-2009 (第一卷)
This is the first book in a series of five, compiled as a selection of the author’s review on body theory, fringe aesthetics and Taiwan’s arts and cultural ecology. It covers topics from theatre, dance, political economics to health care system. Through a reverse thinking process starting on a diversity of genres, and referring to Eastern and Western philosophies, it reviews the body imagery carried in art works and in daily life. The book works around a sincere humanitarian concern, while it reflects closely the arts and cultural development of post-war Taiwan. What makes the book stands out from other chronologies or artist biographies, is that its writing strategies and style break through traditional thinking modes and logics, thus develop layering arguments regarding history, geography, categorization and theories. It opens up a new vision for art criticism and extents the boundary of fringe art.
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