domingo, setembro 02, 2012

while reading on post-modern genres

John Jessurun's media theater illustrates another tenet of post-modern genres, namely what French theorist Jean Baudrillard called 'the death of the subject.' Spewing forth comments on everything from old films, to rock music, to pop psychology, Jesurun's theatrical pieces, which often incorporate multiple video images of the actors, feature characters lost in a universe of words and emotional deprivation. Jesurun's 'subjects', or characters, are in a sense dead, drowned in a sea of free associations and psychibabble that suggest a disembodied mouth in a Beckett play that rambles on eternally. Unlike Beckett, however, whose poetic tracts are more akin to romanticism than postmodernism, Jesurun creates settings which evoke paranoia and hopelessness, like Deep Sleep (1985) in which live actors gradually become 'consumed' by filmed images of themselves, or Slight Return (1994) in which the audience only sees the projected video image of a performer trapped in a room with a surveillance camera.

-- New Media in Art, Michael Rush (Thames & Hudson world of art)

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