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Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Dominic Johnson

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.001.0001
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

Unlimited action concerns the limits imposed upon art and life, and the means by which artists have exposed, refused, or otherwise reshaped the horizon of aesthetics and of the practice of art, by ... More


Extreme Cinema: Affective Strategies in Transnational Media

Aaron Kerner and Jonathan Knapp

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474402903
eISBN:
9781474422000
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402903.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Extreme Cinema surveys post-millennial trends in transnational cinema—particularly in its highly stylized treatment of explicit sex and violence. In many cases these cinematic embellishments skirt ... More


Introduction: Performance – action – extremity

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0001
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

The introduction defines and contextualises the performance of extremity. If extremity assumes a limit, what might be made of the borders, gaps or ruptures between art and its purported outsides? The ... More


The preferred ordeal

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0002
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

An Eight Day Passage (1977) is an exemplary example of a performance of extremity. This chapter looks at Kerry Trengove’s landmark performance of endurance, in which the artist was bricked into a ... More


A criminal touch

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0003
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

In 1976, Ulay undertook an exemplary performance of extremity by stealing ‘Germany’s favourite painting’, namely Carl Spitzweg’s The Poor Poet (1839). This chapter discusses the action at length in ... More


The dirtying intention

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0004
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

Genesis P-Orridge has been a controversial figure in British art since the late 1960s. This chapter explores the national scandal of the Mail Action (1976), a performance at Highbury Corner ... More


Impossible things

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0005
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

Since the late 1960s, Anne Bean’s performances, public interventions, drawings, videos and writings have been actively pursued as a ‘continuum’, and she strives to diminish the distinctiveness or ... More


The art of sabotage

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0006
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

From the early 1970s, the Kipper Kids (Harry Kipper and Harry Kipper, aka Brian Routh and Martin Von Haselberg) became notorious for the danger, excess, strangeness, and baffled hilarity of their ... More


Conclusion: Reckless people

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0007
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

The conclusion brings together underlying themes of the preceding chapters, under the conceptual problems posed by recklessness and impossibility as cultural logics. The reckless and the impossible ... More


Suicide as Testimony

Sarah Waters

in Suicide Voices: Labour Trauma in France

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781789622232
eISBN:
9781800341586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789622232.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

Chapter two examines suicide letters as a mode of testimony that bears witness to extreme suffering in the contemporary workplace. In an economic order that conceals the labour relationships that ... More


Contemporary Extremity on DVD: Trends, Hard-core and Geographic Mobility

Simon Hobbs

in Cultivating Extreme Art Cinema: Text, Paratext and Home Video Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474427371
eISBN:
9781474453554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427371.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter continues the selective history of extreme art cinema instigated in Chapter 3. Focusing predominantly on the releases of Artificial Eye and Tartan Video, the chapter details the ... More


More Moralism from that ‘Wordy Fuck’

James Quandt

in The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748641604
eISBN:
9780748651221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641604.003.0017
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book began as a brief review of Bruno Dumont's film, Twentynine Palms (France, 2003). It intended to puzzle out the reasons for Dumont's descent into gore and hard core, whether it was a mere ... More


Flesh and Blood: Sex and Violence in Recent French Cinema1

James Quandt

in The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748641604
eISBN:
9780748651221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641604.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The convulsive violence of Bruno Dumont's film Twentynine Palms (2003) has dismayed many, particularly those who greeted his first two features, Life of Jesus (1997) and L'Humanité (1999), as the ... More


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