A Scent of Danger


200mm × 275mm • 190pp. SOFTCOVER • 2014


The book pushes the roots of performance art back to symbolic actions such as rituals and rites

of passage. In the same manner as indigenous people use barbaric, painful and shocking gestures to enhance

the experience to its

very extremes,

the performance artists use pain as a tool for enlightenment or at least for breaking the barrier between body and mind. By means of heightened sensory images and scholarly essays the author points out the transformative and cathartic role of

both rituals and

art performances.



Kahil Janssens