PERFORMING THE OTHER: YOKO ONO'S CUT PIECE

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Abstract:

Staged five times by Yoko Ono between 1964 and 1966, Cut Piece has been interpreted in a variety of ways, including an exploration of sadism/masochism and violence/victimization. It has also been discussed in terms of feminist discourses on the female body and the male gaze. By contrast, this famous event has rarely been examined in terms of audiences' responses to Ono's performances and in particular the relationship between such responses and the social, cultural, national and ethnic contexts. From sacred prostitution cults of Kumano bikuni to the sexual component of the Western avant garde, this essay examines the emblematic roles that Ono's Cut Piece played during the crucial years of performance art.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0141-6790.2005.00455.x

Affiliations: Myongji University, Seoul, South Korea

Publication date: February 1, 2005

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