Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Playing the (visual) field: Examining the site of performance art in Kurt Kren and Otto Mühl's “Mama und Papa”
by Hoetger, Megan, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 143; 1493131
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shaked, Nizan
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
Publication Number: 1493131
ISBN: 978-1-124-62294-1
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