Exposition

Between Agony and Ecstasy: Investigations into the Meaning of Pain (2018)

Barbara Macek

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Pains are moving, alluring us to world-making-activities, attuning our bodies with other bodies and therefore putting us in relation to others. Pains cut into our net of habits, and even the slightest pain causes a transformation. Pains are crushing, deeply distressing, showing us our limitations – but also our capability to go beyond our limits, to outgrow ourselves. In the course of my literary research for this project I generated 10 PAIN CATEGORIES that I derived from poems, philosophical and literary texts on pain, and my own experiences. These poetical/pictorial categories differ profoundly from pain categories as they are to be found in common pain questionnaires: They refer to the existential dimension of pain and do not differentiate between physical and mental pain in order to overcome the myth of this dichotomy. The next step of my project consisted in going into the field to look at, imagine and feel into pain. I conducted methodical observations in the casualty departments of two Viennese hospitals and developed my own method of "self-reflective observation in the mode of seeing/feeling". The assemblages as part of this exposition present the results of these investigations and reconstruct different perspectives on PAIN as an EXISTENTIAL PHENOMENON.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsPain, visual art, poetry, literature, poetics, Observation, psychology, research-creation, medicine
date28/09/2018
published28/09/2018
last modified28/09/2018
statuspublished
share statusprivate
affiliationDepartment of Art & Science, University of Applied Arts Vienna
licenseAll rights reserved
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/308804/470238
doihttps://doi.org/10.22501/jar.308804
published inJournal for Artistic Research
portal issue16. 16
external linkhttp://www.transpoetry.net


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317754 EXISTENTIAL PAIN III Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317749 EXISTENTIAL PAIN IV Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317746 TIME PAIN - Bukowski Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317742 ANIMAL PAINS - BIRD PAINS Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317244 TIME PAIN II Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317164 Existential Pain III Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317156 TIME PAIN IX Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317154 EXISTENTIAL PAIN VIII Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317153 Dark Wild Pain V Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317152 TIME PAIN I Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317151 TIME PAIN VII Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317150 DARK PAIN IV Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317149 KNOWING PAIN IV Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317148 TIME PAIN Bukowski Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317147 TIME PAIN - Emily Dickinson Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317145 SPACE PAIN III Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317143 Pain Animal I Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317141 Animal Pain VII Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317139 Real Pain II Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317061 SPACE PAIN III Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317056 Pain CUT BONE BLOOD Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317051 McGil Pain Questionnaire McGil Pain Questionnaire All rights reserved
317028 WILD DARK PAIN II Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317012 EXISTENTIAL PAIN IV Barbara Macek All rights reserved
317001 SPACE PAIN II Barbara Macek All rights reserved
316998 timepain1 Barbara Macek All rights reserved
312004 TIME PAIN - copy Barbara Macek All rights reserved
312001 Pain Blood Bone Cut - copy Barbara Macek All rights reserved
311993 List of Illustrations - copy Barbara Macek All rights reserved
311986 Investigations - copy Barbara Macek All rights reserved
308886 TIME PAIN Barbara Macek All rights reserved
308882 Investigations Barbara Macek All rights reserved
308881 PAIN BEYOND WORDS Barbara Macek All rights reserved
308879 TIME PAIN Barbara Macek All rights reserved
308877 Pain Blood Bone Cut Barbara Macek All rights reserved
308870 SWEET & JOYFUL PAIN Barbara Macek All rights reserved
308867 Space-Time Pain Barbara Macek All rights reserved
308864 Cutting Pain Barbara Macek All rights reserved
308823 Cut up C Barbara Macek All rights reserved
308822 Cut up B Barbara Macek All rights reserved
308821 Cut up A Barbara Macek All rights reserved
308819 List of Illustrations Barbara Macek All rights reserved
470555 Wild Pain, Dark Pain, Image Plate 4 Barbara Macek All rights reserved
470560 Existential Pain, Image Plate 2 Barbara Macek All rights reserved
470570 Existential Pain, Image Plate 2 Barbara Macek All rights reserved
470575 Pain Beyond Words, Image Plate 1b Barbara Macek All rights reserved
470641 Pain as Knowledge, Image Plate 11 Barbara Macek All rights reserved
470646 Pain as Knowledge, Image Plate 11 Barbara Macek All rights reserved
471887 cuttingpain_poster_barbaramacek Barbara Macek All rights reserved
506947 phantompain_II Barbara Macek All rights reserved
506951 spacepain_I Barbara Macek All rights reserved
507003 painbeyondwords_I Barbara Macek All rights reserved
509666 darkpain2 Barbara Macek All rights reserved

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