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social body

purpose 5 - spring 2007

Stephen Waddell  To a Passerby
Jean-Christian Bourcart  Traffic
Denis Darzacq  La Chute
Éric Poitevin
Anthony Berthaud  Immigration chapitre 3
Claire Chevrier  Homme + Travail =
Constant Anée  The Handsome Family
Johanne Bouvier  Cyclone
Diane Ducruet  Les Passagers ou Pygmalion à l'envers

Music by Pierre-Antoine Combard

Ways of seeing the Other and ourselves… How we live together, what image we have of our own bodies, what perception we have of others with whom we often only cross paths… How our bodies participate, through their postures, their movements and their appearances, in the composition of the social space, and how life in society leaves its mark on our bodies… These are some of the questions that have inspired the assembly of this new issue of purpose.

Taken together, the portfolios we are publishing in this edition make up a sort of journey which, moving from the public to the intimate sphere, offers a meditation on the notion of the social body, "that place of transition and exchange between the public and the private, of formation of the individual and the community, of resistance at the same time to these two dimensions" (1). As used in the field of sociology the notion of the social body "allows us to consider opposed meanings at the same time. […] It is also linked to important decisions in the political sphere, which it can orient toward forced unification or toward openness to otherness" (2).

The images of Constant Anée, Anthony Berthaud, Jean-Christian Bourcart, Johanne Bouvier, Claire Chevrier, Denis Darzacq, Diane Ducruet, Éric Poitevin and Stephen Waddell are accompanied by original music composed by Pierre-Antoine Combard.

1. Introductory text to "[CORPS] SOCIAL", exhibition at ensba, September 18 to November 21, 1999..

2. Pascal Hintermeyer, "Ambivalence du corps social: Le corps. Entre émotion et rationalité" ("Ambivalence of the Social Body: The Body Between Emotion and Rationality"), Recherches sociologiques, 1998, vol. 29, nº 1.