The Traditional Arts of the Altered Body

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TAAB CONFERENCES 2010 
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Traditional Arts of the Altered Body
Kent State University,
and Empire, Kent, Ohio, USA
Conference: Monday,  March 29 through Thursday, April 1, 10 - 6 at Kent State University
Workshops Evenings 7 - 9pm at Empire: 135 E Main in Kent Ohio

 
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Lecture and Event Descriptions

body and place
Body and Place
Keynote address:  an approach to the body through cultural geography and social theory
Catherine Cartwright-Jones
Monday,  March 29,  1 pm,   Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
Scientific method for artistsThe Scientific Method for Artists
 A scientific approach to answering questions and solving problems is helpful in any field, even art! Each step of the scientific method is discussed and translated for those with artistic sensibilities. Specific examples will be presented along with how to apply this process to different artistic endeavors.
Jen Schafer
Monday,  March 29, 2:30 pm,  Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
Night of the HennaThe Night of the Henna
This lecture examines the historical, sociological and economic aspects of the night of the henna, and the importance of marking the bride.  It also investigates its importance in cultural continuity and migration, and the reinvention of the homeland.  
Catherine Cartwright-Jones
Monday,  March 29, 4 pm, Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
Night of the HennaHenna 101: Learn to henna and get hennaed!
Materials and assistance provided free
Luna Hart
Monday, March 29, 7 pm - 9 pm, Empire, 135 E Main St. Kent, Ohio
ThinAmerican Culture and the Human Body:
This presentation includes information from articles Mr. Hovancsek published about body image, the media, plastic surgery trends, and eating disorders.  Tucked into the presentation are historical trends in body image, unhealthy patterns in modern society, and findings about how the brain responds to the human body.  This information is used to show the difference between biological and social factors in shaping body aesthetics.  The goal of the presentation is to look at healthy and unhealthy ways that Americans modify, groom, and present/conceal their bodies according to messages in their culture.
Mike Hovancsek, MED
Tuesday,  March 30,  10 am, Rm 306  Kent State University Student Center
prettypaintThe Beauty and Glamour of Face and Body Painting in Advertising
Deborah Brommer
Tuesday,  March 30,  1 pm, Rm 306  Kent State University Student Center
TeachingDifference and Sameness in Henna and Tattoo
Wendy Rover
Tuesday,  March 30,  2:30 pm,  Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
A Nose PiercingA Nose Piercing in Poona:
Personal essay on a traditional nose piercing in India
Slideshow of nose piercing
Elizabeth Howard, PhD
Tuesday,  March 30,  4 pm,  Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
body PaintingLearn Body Painting techniques: hands on!
Materials and assistance provided free
Deborah Brommer
Tuesday, March 30, 7 pm - 9 pm, Empire, 135 E Main St. Kent, Ohio
Persian HennaHenna in Safavid Persia 
This slideshow and research paper examines the historical evidence of patterns, traditions and techniques of henna in Persian from 1000 CE to 1900 CE.
Catherine Cartwright-Jones
Wednesday, March 31, 10 am, Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
tattoo womenAnd the Word Becomes Flesh
A personal essay on acquiring a tattoo in the 80's
Slideshow of women's tattooing
Elizabeth Howard, PhD
Wednesday, March 31, 1 pm, Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
North African TattooNorth African Women’s Tattoo Traditions
A slideshow and research paper on the traditions, and techniques of women's tattooing in Morocco and Algeria,  and the conflict with colonialism, tourism and modernity
Catherine Cartwright-Jones
Wednesday, March 31, 2:30 pm, Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
Hennaed HorseHenna and Horses: History and How-to
Wendy Rover
Wednesday, March 31, 4 pm, Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
temporary tattoo
Learn temporary tattoo and bindi techniques: hands-on!
Materials and assistance provided free
Wendy Rover and Catherine Cartwright-Jones
Empire, 135 E Main St. Kent, Ohio
Wednesday, March 31, 7 pm - 9 pm, Empire, 135 E Main St. Kent, Ohio
Evil EyeAverting Lilith and the “Evil Eye” through Body Art, and its effect on population geography
Catherine Cartwright-Jones
Thursday, April 1, 10 am, Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
Teaching
Marketing and Presenting Body Art Programs for Schools and Libraries:
Doing workshops for these institutions is a great way to keep your work calendar full as well as an easy way to find new prospective clients. Learn how to market yourself to schools and libraries, how to plan programs that will appeal to them, and how to navigate the red tape.
Jen Schafer
Thursday, April 1, 1 pm, Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
Body paintDramatic Applications of Body Paint in Film and Theater
Deborah Brommer
Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
Thursday, April 1, 2:30 pm, Rm 306 Kent State University Student Center
blacklightInnovation in Body Art; Expanding the context of ephemeral body art
Wendy Rover
Thursday, April 1, 4 pm, Rm 306 Kent State University Student CenterRm 306 Kent State University Student Center
Zombie nightZombie Night: learn zombie makeup:  hands on!
Stephanie Giammarco
Thursday, April 1, 7 pm - 9 pm, Empire, 135 E Main St. Kent, Ohio

Live Music by “Good Things”

Zombie Lurch!
Traditional Arts of the Altered Body

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introducing the Traditional Arts of the Altered Body

The TAAB video on UTube
The initial communication frontier between people is the  body.  People judge, and are judged by their appearance before they ever speak.  People alter their bodies to manage that  communication.


There is little formal study of body alteration in the western academia, though people in every culture alter their bodies to conform to, to resist, or to subvert a cultural ideal.  In the few existing academic works on body alteration, the changes are more commonly viewed as exotic aberrations rather than a range of options.


As global immigration and communication increases, people whose bodies have been altered to differing norms are brought in contact with each other, with resulting reactions ranging from admiration to revulsion and xenophobia.  One country may criminalize the body alterations of another country, while a third may package and commercialize them.


TAAB, through critical study, publication and exhibition can serve both to put body alteration into global perspective, encourage appreciation for diverse cultures and divergent beauties.  

Lecture highlights from previous conferences:

 "Spot the Bride: and "Did I make it into the book?"

"Aftercare and the Delicate Art of saying No"

Scope and Methods

The Business of Henna

The Night of the Henna

Economic Geographies of PPD Black Henna

Keynote address "Body and Place"

More at the Henna Page YouTube Channel!

Recycled Bodies

Henna and "The Other"


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