Critical Writing Index

Once More With Feeling

by Catherine Fowler

Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ), 2013, v. 2, no. 1, pp. 10-24

This article argues for the recognition of a new trajectory of performance-on-video, using work by Gillian Wearing, Kutluğ Ataman and Phil Collins. In this trajectory the artist has disappeared behind the camera to be replaced by real, ordinary, amateur people. Given the contemporary proliferation of recordings of ordinary people performing on reality television and on the Internet, this article asks what the act of artists recording ordinary people might now ‘mean’ to us, and, equally, how real people performing in video art might themselves ‘matter’. Through close analyses of Wearing’s Confess all … Ataman’s Women Who Wear Wigs and Collins’s the world won’t listen we find that a different kind of participatory space is gained on-screen in which artist, performer and eventual gallery visitor are drawn together through affective connections. Accordingly, the article concludes that in giving attention to this new trajectory of performance-on-video, what we ultimately discover are other ways of thinking about the act of recording that make faith in the subject possible once again.

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Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Turn OnVito Acconci

Stamping the StudioBruce Nauman

'Videoinstallation' Split RealityValie Export

Vertical RollJoan Jonas

Mona Hatoum

Pierrick Sorin

Sophie Calle

Pipilotti Rist

Matthew Barney

Johanna Billing

Jeremy Deller

Harrell Fletcher

Javier Tellez

Mark Wallinger

Dryden Goodwin

Michal Rovner

Eva Koch

Confess All on Video. Don't Worry, You Will be in Disguise. Intrigued? Call Gillian.Gillian Wearing

Kutlug Ataman's Semiha b. unpluggedKutlug Ataman

Women Who Wear WigsKutlug Ataman

Never My SoulKutlug Ataman

baghdad screen testsPhil Collins

They Shoot HorsesPhil Collins

The World Won't ListenPhil Collins

Signs that Say What You Want Them to Say and not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You to SayGillian Wearing

TraumaGillian Wearing

Secrets and LiesGillian Wearing

2 into 1Gillian Wearing

Andy Warhol

Catherine Opie

Nikki S. Lee

Anna Gaskell

Cindy Sherman

Nan Golding

Rineke Dijkstra

Eija Liisa Ahtila

Sarah Jones

Katy Grannan

Daniela Rossell

Shirana Shahbazi

Dorit Cypis

Kelly Nipper

Elina Brotherus

Salla Tykka