'To see what’s down there’: Embodiment, Gestural Archaeologies and Materializing Futures

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Abstract

Concerns with screening embodiment have focused on the way in which cinema invites the spectator to consider a lived sense of the human body as a material subject that feels its own subjectivity. In this paper, I suspend the return of gesture to the transcendental human body. Gesture practises and produces complex and diverse bodies, bodies that do not precede their intra-actions but emerge through them. Drawing on the work of Karen Barad, I consider gesture in television that concerns archaeological practices in order to ask how gesture operates in this televisual subgenre to invite new ways of thinking about the human and other-than-human. Focusing on archaeology on television, I consider entangled gestures as intra-acting, material-discursive boundary-making practices that congeal and fix what we come to know as discrete, bounded bodies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-68
Number of pages14
JournalParagraph
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

Keywords

  • archaeology
  • television
  • UK
  • gesture
  • Time Team
  • Who Were the British?
  • agential realism
  • Karen Barad

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