Bodies of Knowledge

The human body is a site of knowledge production. It holds, shares, creates, enacts, transforms, contests, resists and performs ways of thinking and being in-and-against our worlds, histories and futures.

Featuring conversations, essays, drawings and photographs, Bodies of Knowledge (Ed. Laura Purseglove) reflects and builds on an interdisciplinary project involving artists, amateur and professional dancers, wrestlers, members of a trans community group and academic researchers interrogating how our bodies are both produced by and productive of knowledges.

From the entanglements of violence and care in the wrestling ring to negotiations of identity through Kathak dance, and the use of photography as a means to explore and communicate the euphorias and horrors of gender, this beautifully-designed book explores why and how our bodies know what they know.

With support from Arts Council England and Loughborough University’s Enterprise Scheme.

More information about the project Bodies of Knowledge can be found here.


Adesola Akinleye, Isaac Briggs, Jennifer Cooke, Laurie Crow, Thomas Dawkins (aka Cara Noir), Tara Fatehi Irani, Julia Giese, Martin Hargreaves, Claire Heafford, Joe Moran, Kesha Raithatha, Raju Rage, Nat Thorne, Claire Warden, Sam West and Sam Williams.

A black and white image of a small circular mirror infront of a window. The window has frosted glass, obscuring the view. In the small mirror a torso is reflected. The person wears two pearl necklaces and lifts their arms behind their head Photograph by Issac Briggs, taken during first round of Raju Rage's workshops and exhibited at Attenborough Arts Centre in November 2019

About the editor

Laura Purseglove is a contemporary art curator and producer. She is the producer of Radar and works freelance as a curator and writer specialising in off-site, collaborative and research-led projects.

About Radar

Radar is Loughborough University’s contemporary arts programme. It invites artists to produce new work in response to and as part of research undertaken across the University, and programmes events bringing together artistic and academic work. The work it commissions is process-led, frequently participatory, and takes place in the public realm.

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Bodies of knowledge, edited by Laura Purseglove and published by Radar and Live Art Development Agency


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