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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


7 Acknowledgements The inspirations behind a book emerge in numerous and varied forms, not all of which can be specifically cited. I would like to acknowledge the many discussions with colleagues, students and friends over the years that have been important ingredients in the process of develop- ing the ideas and arguments contained in this study. I would like to specifically thank Josko Petkovic for his crucial in- sights and contributions during the formative stages of my research and writing. And finally, I thank my partner, Angelique Malcolm, for supportively and stoically enduring the ‘journey’ that writing this book has en- tailed.

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