Being Watched Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s

Taal: Engels
Being Watched
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780262516075
  • Druk: 1
  • februari 2011
  • 384 pagina's
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How Yvonne Rainer's art shaped new ways of watching as well as performing; how it connected 1960s avant-garde art to politics and activism. In her dance and performances of the 1960s, Yvonne Rainer famously transformed the performing body-stripped it of special techniques and star status, traded its costumes and leotards for T-shirts and sneakers, asked it to haul mattresses or recite texts rather than leap or spin. Without discounting these innovations, Carrie Lambert-Beatty argues in Being Watched that the crucial site of Rainer's interventions in the 1960s was less the body of the performer than the eye of the viewer-or rather, the body as offered to the eye. Rainer's art, Lambert-Beatty writes, is structured by a peculiar tension between the body and its display. Through close readings of Rainer's works of the 1960s-from the often-discussed dance Trio A to lesser-known Vietnam war-era protest dances-Lambert-Beatty explores how these performances embodied what Rainer called the seeing difficulty. (As Rainer said: Dance is hard to see. ) Viewed from this perspective, Rainer's work becomes a bridge between key episodes in postwar art. Lambert-Beatty shows how Rainer's art (and related performance work in Happenings, Fluxus, and Judson Dance Theater) connects with the transformation of the subject-object relation in minimalism and with emerging feminist discourse on the political implications of the objectifying gaze. In a spectacle-soaked era, moreover-when images of war played nightly on the television news-Rainer's work engaged the habits of viewing formed in mass-media America, linking avant-garde art and the wider culture of the 1960s. Rainer is significant, argues Lambert-Beatty, not only as a choreographer, but as a sculptor of spectatorship.

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The book is a fantastic read and an exemplary text...a highly original analysis, this study is sure to become a classic. -- MJ Thompson TDR: The Drama Review

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Taal
Engels
Bindwijze
Paperback
Druk
1
Verschijningsdatum
2011-03-11
Afmetingen
23,5 x 18,4 x 3,2 cm
Aantal pagina's
384 pagina's
Aanbevolen leeftijd
18 jaar
Illustraties
Nee

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Auteur
Carrie Lambert-Beatty
Uitgever
Mit Press Ltd

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9780262516075

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NUR code
640
Oorspronkelijke releasedatum
2011-02-25
Subtitel
Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s
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