In this research, the contemporary body, the current conditions of which are manipulated by the rulers, are discussed with applications related to body and performance ar. In the study the body, which is the main characteristic of social life, is examined through the association of concepts such as the consumption industry, technology, image, icon, perception management and surveillance society. As can be seen from sociological research, the contemporary body is experiencing a rapid cultural transformation process. This situation has reached the extent that the subject is manipulated by system networks which create temporary happiness. The transformation of consumption tools into status-defining components leads to an ambiguity of real needs. On the other hand, it is observed that the members of the contemporary society are turning into individuals who are unsatisfied with their appearance and act with the desire to be discernable or visible. The body, which is the most prominent display area of action and culture, is the first and only object of the subject. For this reason, humanity has primarily used its body as a means of self-expression. Within this indicative context of the body art is one main of the forms of expression that stand out. Art production is shaped by the dynamics of its age. It is seen that the body, which is an indispensable element of art as well as the social domain, has been chosen as the subject in every period during the historical process. While the body was historically the passive object of art for ages, in the age of technology it has evolved into being the subject of art.
Keywords: Consumption Culture, perception management, commodification, Body Art, Performance, Image, Manipulation, Body, Surveillance Society