Dora Garcia

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This book has been produced to accompany the ICA exhibition Double Agent, an exhibition of collaborative projects in which the artists use other people as a medium. All of the works raise questions of performance and authorship, and in particular the issues of ethics and representation that ensue when the artist is no longer the central agent in his or her own work, but operates through a range of individuals, communities, and surrogates. One of the starting points for the exhibition was the recent and conspicuous rise of interest in performance and performative gestures among con- temporary artists. But today’s generation of artists, unlike their ...
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PublisherRadio Web Macba2016
Drawing on a series of performative, editorial, theatrical, and filmic resources, Dora García (Valladolid, 1965) generates events that question and probe the world around us. Participants in her works tend to get caught up in dynamics of enthusiasm and suspicion, in which any circumstance, no matter how abstract or microscopic, is raw material susceptible to becoming literature. In her work, reality is always haunted by the existence of a new story that can potentially supplant it. Her historical research on psychoanalysis and anti-psychiatry explores the inner vocabulary of dreams, and the figures of madness and delirium hover as elements of ...
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PublisherFall Semester2016
“Psychotropification” is a portmanteau word made of “Psyche” – the human soul, mind or spirit – and tropism: the turning of all or part of an organism in a particular direction in response to an external stimulus. Therefore, the portmanteau word Psychotropification refers to the ways we are modeling our soul, by means of external stimuli. These external stimuli are many, but mostly we are speaking here of psychiatric medications, although not only. A psychiatric medication is a licensed (legal) psychoactive drug taken to exert an effect on the chemical makeup of the brain and nervous system. Since the mid-20th century, such medications have been ...

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