By Chris Gilleard, Paul Higgs
This e-book investigates the emergence of a 'new growing old' and its realisation throughout the physique. The paintings explores new different types of embodiment eager about id and care of the self, that have visible the physique develop into a domain for getting older otherwise - for growing old with out turning into old.
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Alternative embodied identities asserted themselves within the lives of those who were chronologically no longer young. The resilience of these alternatively ‘embodied identities’, such as those oriented toward ethnicity, gender, fitness and sexuality, rendered more contingent both the nature and the naturalness of ageing. As chronological age ceased to exercise its monopoly over the organisation and control of resources directed toward ‘old age’, the fears and confusion surrounding its ‘identity’ rendered age a more unstable and contested system of social categorisation and individual distinction.
These developments have created 32 Ageing, Corporeality and Embodiment the conditions for a number of alternative embodiments of age. Many of these began by privileging the youthful body as a vehicle through which change comes, actively excluding or marginalising age or treating it as a symbol of all that must be overcome. With time the processes of reconstructing, re-segmenting and revisioning the body have seen ‘a return of the repressed’ and the issues of ageing have re-emerged within the context of a more personalised politics and a more extensively commodified society.
Faced with such scholastic uncertainty, prolongevity and rejuvenation were always entertained as possibilities; to be achieved through either instant, magical interventions or more commonly through the steady cultivation of health and virtue. With the coming of modernity from the seventeenth century onwards, the conflict between the preservation of youth and health and the acceptance of age and disease was temporarily suspended, or at least moved from centre stage. As the state sought to judge its health and wealth by the number of its citizens, it began counting and classifying its population.
Ageing, corporeality and embodiment by Chris Gilleard, Paul Higgs