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More than Fifteen Minutes of Fame

The Changing Face of Screen Performance


Ken Miller

More than Fifteen Minutes of Fame tracks screen performance’s trajectory from dominant discourses of realism and authenticity towards increasingly acute degrees of self-referentiality and self-reflexivity. Exploring the symbiotic relationship between changing forms of onscreen representation and our shifting status as social subjects, the book provides an original perspective through international examples from cinema, experimental production, documentary, television, and the burgeoning landscape of online screen performance. In an emerging culture of participatory media, the creation of a screen-based presence for our own performances of identity has become a currency through which we validate ourselves as subjects of the contemporary, hyper-mediatized world. In this post-dramatic, post-Warhol climate, the author’s contention is that we are becoming increasingly wedded to screen media – not just as consumers but as producers and performers.


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Acknowledgements 7 Introduction 9 CHAPTER ONE Performance, Realism and the Search Beneath and Beyond the ‘Simple Truth’ 25 CHAPTER TWO Dislodging the Self: from Authentic Individual to Postmodern Performing Subject 53 CHAPTER THREE Schizo Performances and Möbius Formations 93 CHAPTER FOUR The Self-Reflexive (Screen) Performing Subject 133 CHAPTER FIVE Sadie Benning and Jonathan Caouette 175 CHAPTER SIX Performances of Mediatized Actuality 221 CHAPTER SEVEN Cyberspace as Screen Performance Space 253 Bibliography 293 Index 307

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