Perhaps no other network of artists has been more shrouded in mythology than the Viennese Actionists, a group working in the postwar and post-fascist period of mid-twentieth century Austria. This project seeks to open up the Actionists' oeuvre to a critical reading through an analysis of Kurt Kren and Otto Mühl's 1964 performance/film collaboration Mama und Papa, asking what constitutes “the work.” Framing a formal and contextual investigation with an extensive exploration of issues that circulate in the discourse of performance art, it looks at the multiple ways in which the piece participates in a critique of normativizing regulations in the visual field, depictions of the body and representations of sex and sexuality.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Art history, Performing Arts, Film studies|
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