Piss Panel 2014 – Kate Dempsey Martineau, Andy Campbell, your name here.
Urine and its attendant act, urination, is often a fraught and taboo subject, popularly evidenced by the debates surrounding Andres Serrano’s iconic/iconoclastic 1987 photograph, Piss Christ. Yet there has been surprisingly little critical discussion of the politics of representing urine/urination, leaving many lacunae within understandings of art and visual culture. This panel seeks to dispense with the discourse of shock and contentiousness that has silenced investigations of a universal act that is understood differently within various cultural contexts. To cite two disparate examples, in the early 1970s artist Ray Johnson playfully represented his friends and contemporaries like Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist as peeing snowmen in both collages and his trademark correspondence art. Contemporaneously, gay and lesbian leather communities in urban centers created complex visual coding around the erotic activity of golden showers, or piss play. This panel seeks to trace the complexities of representations of pee within Modern and Contemporary art and visual culture. Papers/topics considered may include but are certainly not limited to: medical and health campaigns and illustrations, erotic imagery featuring urination, the materiality and/or iconography of urine, theories or (mis)understandings of the abject, and (counter)public/private feelings around urination.
This panel will be part of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts conference in Dallas, Texas October 9-12, 2014.
Please submit 150-250 word abstracts to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by January 15.
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