Monday, September 24, 2007

tattoo project "skin"

Hey friends

This is a collaborative project that I heard about through a friend of mine a few years ago. She is a part of the project. Her word is "don't." Shelly Jackson asks people to tattoo one word of the story on their body--once this happens they receive a copy of the manuscript but are not allowed to share it with anyone. This is the one aspect of the project that confuses me. I don't really know her rationale behind this.

But, this project is so interesting because Jackson is combating discourses of the "writer"--who the writer (s) is/are, how is a piece invented, is writing tangible, etc. Also, this project is a community--these people belong to a piece and have "proof" of this. She messes with the concept of performance art and literature.

FAQ on Skin project

NPR story

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