Music and songs of all genres sing about desire and the human condition. Songs especially, focus on the nature of relationships between people, often through making mention of parts of the body – eyes, hands, embracing arms and so on.

fleshmap project

Two researchers into data visualisation have compiled musical maps of the body for different genres of song. Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg are two artists exploring the different emphases across genres: of touch, looking and listening. The similarities and differences across the genres emerges.

Man Ray - violon de Ingres

Man Ray’s 1924 portrait photo of a woman as a violin is one form of mapping desire through music onto the body, the Fleshmap project is another. All of these can be taken to illustrate the ways in which the body is inscribed in text – whether visual or literary texts.

Thanks to Largehearted Boy for publicising this link.