Cremaster Cycle as a Cultural and Ideological Phenomenon

ŞAHİNER R., 10 - 23 January 2019

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Matthew Barney's retrospective display titled “Cremaster Cycle” in the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2003) presented us with an incredible opportunity to review the controversy over the phenomenon ‘Culture’ analyzed by the neo-marxist philosophers such as Fredric Jameson and Slavoj Slavoj Žižek. The display mainly promised to re-mobilize the meta-narrative as the end of the two opposing forces, while it also focused on a different narrative structure by replacing the heteronormative values and anthropocentric points of the Cremaster Cycle on gender and human phenomena. This had to do with not only the review of the orientation allowing the revision of the problems such as social inequality breaking down the masses, classes and nations in the past and that of local and micro-political discourses, morality and self today, but also the emphasis on hybrid formations based on such different perspectives as the human / animal / plant, mythological, hermeneutical, genealogical, etc.