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date: 20 June 2019

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Gerry Tuvey’s Body Stories project maps the life journey of her dancing body through the scars and memories of illness, injury, and surgery. Through solo dance performance, visual art, and video installation, Body Stories witnesses injury as physical knowledge. The author, writing as collaborative artist and video maker, reflects on Body Stories with a particular focus on four dance videos made for projection in the performance installation (three of which accompany this book). The fourth is a four-minute performance video of Turvey’s Body Stories performance at Huddersfield Art Gallery in 2013. The text reflects on positive wellbeing experiences found through participating in autobiographic storytelling, and explores sites for locating wellbeing within the videos, which offer absorbing, visceral framings of Turvey’s body, revealing both her vulnerability and her physical power. The chapter describes the concept of haptic visuality, delving into various video strategies that enhance, question, and recolour the pallet of subjective wellbeing.

Keywords: subjective wellbeing, dance, dance video, video art, video installation, performance installation, haptic imagery, autobiographical dance, autobiographic art, mindfulness, vulnerability

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