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 Félix 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.
|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|
|Keywords:||Art history, Documentary, Reality tv, Video artists|
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