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TESTA, Federico. A discrete dance of resistance: body, art and subjectivation in the artistic workshop of a psychiatric hospital. Interface (Botucatu) [online]. 2012, vol.16, n.40, pp.95-106.  Epub Apr 12, 2012. ISSN 1414-3283.

This paper seeks to pose questions regarding the body and body-power relationships, through artistic practices accomplished in a creativity workshop at a psychiatric hospital, by means of prospecting non-disciplinary possibilities for body experience, using gestures, postures and movements in artistic production. From this, it sought to associate ethics, esthetics and politics, within a processual view of the artistic experience in two ethnographic situations, thereby establishing a close relationship between art, body and subjectivation. From this, in turn, the possibilities of resistance are discussed. The particular processes of subjectivation (and the possibilities of body practices of re-singularization, re-appropriation and creation of unavailability to power, through producing a non-subjected subject) are viewed from an esthetic point of view. Thus, production of art through the body and production of the body through art are both emphasized.

Keywords : Anthropology; Arts; Body; Power; Subjectivation.

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