This study traces the evolution of notions of the self in art practice and looks at recent attempts to picture a new kind of body/self: a self that is multiple, a locus or meeting place of desires, beliefs, language forms and histories. This self is extended by technology, which dissolves boundaries of scale, of inside and outside. What is proposed is a body/self that is always in parts and always in process, continually fragmenting, yet recombining to find moments of wholeness. These new kinds of bodies - fragmented, dispersed, reassembled - enable us to see ourselves as we feel... multiple, in flux and yet held together by a desire for wholeness - however transitory and contingent.
This book will be of interest to theorists in the visual arts and humanities as well as to arts practitioners, curators and collectors.