6 X 9 inches, 168 pagesPenumbra Press Human Studies Series, No. 1
CAST AS A POSTMODERN POETICS, Antarctica Body invites readers to discover how a virgin continent may come to be inscribed upon their own bodies. Words from science and alchemy, ice, fire, and memory are united in kinetic constellations. Through this graphic form of writing, the author transforms language for the purpose of preserving Antarctica and humankind from the design of thought which appropriates and colonizes. The critically aware text says: 'Only writing is writing, but everything is reading. What is it like to be read? What constitutes threat in reading?'
Working with words and with images, Vivian Darroch-Lozowski has committed more than twenty years attempting to understand the ethical and aesthetic folds of the body's senses, language, and sight as they affect each other. Working across different genres and media — literary, creative non-fiction, libretti, film, photographs, drawings, scholarship — she has established a body of works that demonstrates a changing and existentially necessary discourse, which preserves a dialogue between body and image. Crucial in her earlier works is her emphasis on body's response to place — India, the Tibetan Plateau, the High Arctic, Antarctica, France and Italy, the People's Republic of China. Vivian now holds the status of Professor Emerita with the University of Toronto. She has been an Invited Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and currently is sustaining her commitment to thought through drawing and painting.