Body Art As Visual Language - Essay by Beags213
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Once upon Many Times is an exhibition at Rubin Museum of Art representing a wide range of visual narratives and reproductions of temple murals, which can be regarded as exceptional examples of Himalayan art based upon Tibetan myths and legends.
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Foucault has a useful response to this type of question. He refers to "a new economy of power relations." "In order to understand what power relationships are about," Foucault suggests, "perhaps we should investigate what is happening in" and then he gives as an example, "the field of insanity" (Foucault, 1984, p. 419). He argues for the investigation of forms of resistance, taking as a starting point a series of oppositions--things such as the power of men over women, parents over children, of psychiatry over the mentally ill, of medicine over the population, to which we might add teachers over students, and in the case of dojinshi and other forms of visual culture, power that some youth exercise over others, and a power that the dojinshi creators apparently have to diminish the importance of art instruction in the eyes of students. Foucault claims "it is not enough to say that these are anti-authority struggles; we must try to define more precisely what they have in common" (Foucault, 1984, p.419). Indeed, we believe that art education could benefit enormously for a discussion of what art curricula and dojinshi have in common.