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NOV 5, 2012


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‘Celery and Incense: A Theater of Hysteria’

Why: Hysteria was essentially invented in late 19th-century Paris by a man who held “lectures” every Tuesday in which he “demonstrated” women having hysterical attacks by instigating them using hypnotism, electric shock, and genital manipulation, among other techniques—then photographed them, sometimes in front of the assembled crowd. Seattle artists Amanda Manitach and DK Pan are staging a “multimedia spectacle” updating the subject, involving ideas of “sexually transmitted genius.” And what’s more, “a male body will be compromised in the name of science and art.” They have a real chaperone/collaborator: Dr. Mari Kitahata, UW Center for AIDS Research director of clinical epidemiology. (Jacob Lawrence Gallery, UW Art Building, www.art.washington.edu, 7 pm, free)

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