The Gaze of the X-Ray – An Archive of Violence

Shahram Khosravi (ed.)

Since its invention in the late nineteenth century, the penetrating gaze of the X-ray has changed our vision of the inside of the human body. After we started to see inside ourselves, the relationship between ourselves and our bodies changed forever. As a progression in medical science, X-ray technology was fashioned to maintain and save life. However, as the contributors to this volume show, it has been a device of ruination as well. They visualise the traces and the pattern of violence, practised by the states, racial capitalism, colonial racism and sexism. By juxtaposing different cases across time and space, this collection demonstrates a set of relations between civilization and ruination.

Print, 29,00 EUR
2/2024, 194 Seiten kart.,
Dispersionsbindung, 96 SW-Abbildungen
ISBN 978-3-8376-7048-6

E-Book (PDF), 25,99 EUR
1/2024, 194 Seiten 96 SW-Abbildungen
ISBN 978-3-8394-7048-0

The Gaze of the X-Ray ist the second volume from the publication series Corporeal Matters an on arts-based research, in particular practices and concepts that place the body at the core. It illuminates how the body appears simultaneously as witness, document, and agent in contemporary life, and offers insights into corporeality as the often neglected dimension that cuts through ethics, aesthetics, and politics. The series hosts edited volumes, authored publications, workbooks and other formats from multiple perspectives and fields of practice, grounded in moments of research, encounter and debate, generated in the context of the HZT-Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin.

Volume 1: Breathe – Critical Research into the Inequalities of Life

The series is edited by Prof. Dr. Sandra Noeth, Sandra Umathum, Prof. Janez Janša.