Critical Writing Index

Bodies of Evidence: Feminist Performance Art

by Erin Striff

Critical Survey, June 1997, v. 9, no. 1, pp. 1-19

Comparing the performance art of Laurie Anderson, Annie Sprinkle and Karen Finley- the Cybernetic Body, the Pornographic Body and the Grotesque Body- the author concludes that feminist performance artists use the female form as a manuscript, re-writing the body in order to efface its original inscriptions within Western culture. On the border between physicality and technology, femininity and gender transgression, feminist performance art disrupts the notion of the spectacle of woman, but, at least at this point in time, it cannot deny it.

ITEM 1997.110 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Stories from the nerve BibleLaurie Anderson

Home of the BraveLaurie Anderson

The Constant State of DesireKaren Finley