Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Rupturing the "reality" of reality TV: Contemporary video artists examining the discursive effects of the reality TV phenomenon
by Mace, Joan Y., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 134; 1568901
Abstract (Summary)

Since reality TV exploded onto the scene at the turn of the millennium, its impact on culture and society has been evaluated within various disciplines. The televisual phenomenon's influence on the art world, however, has been scarcely examined. This thesis rectifies this omission by exploring the uncharted intersection of reality TV and contemporary art history. Examining the artworks of video/installation artists Gillian Wearing, Phil Collins, Alex Bag, Kalup Linzy, Ryan Trecartin, and Keren Cytter through the theoretical frameworks of Jean Baudrillard, Judith Butler, and Gilles Deleuze and FĂ©lix Guattari reveals the discursive effects of reality TV on areas such as the simulated nature of reality, gender performativity, and binary structures. The artists recontextualize the codes that structure reality TV in order to provide their viewers with the tools to question the reality of reality TV.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kleinfelder, Karen
Commitee: Mosher, Jerry, Shaked, Nizan
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Art, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mass communications
Keywords: Art history, Documentary, Reality tv, Video artists
Publication Number: 1568901
ISBN: 9781321331639
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