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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 63–93.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Adair Rounthwaite This article develops the concept of “the masturbatory” as a way of theorizing performance art and performance studies' recent turn to reperformance. In reperformance, previous performance artworks — often from performance art's “classic” era of the 1970s — are reenacted, creating...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 29–53.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Katherine Fusco This article argues that Virtual 2Pac , created in 2012 by Digital Domain Media Group in collaboration with Dr. Dre for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, represents an important twenty-first-century challenge to the relationships between performance and performer, film...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (2 (68)): 103–139.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Boaz Hagin The article examines the trope of the crying male in contemporary Israeli fiction films as it appears near the end of the 2004 feature film Walk on Water , written by Gal Uchovsky and directed by Eytan Fox. It suggests, employing various accounts of crying, melodrama, and performative...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 157–191.
Published: 01 May 2012
... protest against gendered and racial inequalities prevalent in postcolonial Cuba. This article highlights the film's feminism, which is inextricably linked to the representation of performance that is fundamental to all versions of Carmen . Revolving around the figure of the racialized female Cuban rumba...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 101–135.
Published: 01 December 2012
... project of which they were a part. The article develops a notion of performing essentialism through which to understand the work of the films. Performativity and essentialism are critical terms that, within the fields of queer and feminist studies, are often understood as oppositional to each other. Yet...
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Camera Obscura (2000) 15 (1 (43)): 1–43.
Published: 01 May 2000
... cultural logic of purity and feminist studies of the body in the contemporary literature and cinema of exile. CO 43-1, 1-43 6/6/00 2:47 PM Page 1 Cinematic Exile: Performing the Foreign Body on Screen in Roman Polanski’s The Tenant...
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Camera Obscura (2003) 18 (3 (54)): 99–117.
Published: 01 December 2003
...Maureen Turim Marina Abramovic´ ’s Performance: Stresses on the Body and Psyche in Installation Art Maureen Turim Among the most prolific, accomplished, challenging, and dis- turbing of international performance artists, Marina Abramovic´ has also become a key figure for those of...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 159–191.
Published: 01 December 2005
... Performance in the Art Deco Era Yiman Wang There was a time when assimilation did quite strictly mean whitening. . . . You “made it” in society not only by putting on airs of anglitude, but also by assiduously bleaching out the marks of a darker, dirtier past. And this bargain, stifling...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (2 (92)): 119–147.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Shilyh Warren This article analyzes Performing the Border (dir. Ursula Biemann, Switzerland and Mexico, 1999), Señorita extraviada ( Missing Young Woman , dir. Lourdes Portillo, Mexico, 2001), and The Price of Sex (dir. Mimi Chakarova, US, 2011), three documentaries that focus on the ways that poor...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 39–75.
Published: 01 May 2020
... reflection on how we modulate our sense of selfhood through interactions with others. This article examines Sobell’s video performances with chicken carcasses, instantiating the ambiguities of mother- infant relationships, in connection with her Brainwave Drawings , a series of installations based on...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 37–61.
Published: 01 September 2020
... Nevertheless, black film studies and black feminism continue to Framing Black Performance: Selma and the Poetics of Representation Courtney R. Baker Camera Obscura 104, Volume 35, Number 2 doi 10.1215/02705346-8359506 © 2020 by Camera Obscura Published by Duke University Press 37 38 Camera Obscura push...
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Camera Obscura (2016) 31 (3 (93)): 141–151.
Published: 01 December 2016
... issues has led them to produce several video works derived from their open-form performances. I argue that the videos can be read as projects that foreground and explore an array of interrelated ideas or issues revolving around collectivity. Taking individuals' performative acts as their nodal point, the...
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Camera Obscura (1991) 9 (1-2 (25-26)): 202–223.
Published: 01 September 1991
...Henry Jenkins Copyright © 1991 by The Johns Hopkins University Press 1991 “Don’t Become Too Intimate With That Terrible Woman Unruly Wives, Female Comic Performance and So Long Letty Henry Ienkins The somber Mr. Davis (Claude Gillingwater) checks into the Ardmore...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 63–91.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Jaime Brunton This essay analyzes The Artist Is Present , Marina Abramović's heavily mediatized 2010 performance at New York's Museum of Modern Art, through the lenses of Freudian and Deleuzian concepts of masochism. It specifically focuses on how the masochistic tendencies of this performance may...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 11–45.
Published: 01 May 2008
...Shane Vogel This essay examines Lena Horne's reputation in the first half of her career as a reserved, refined, and affectively distant diva. Approaching her performance of aloofness—communicated and enacted both on film and in live cabaret shows—as an acute response to the interracial intimacy...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 155–165.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Akiko Mizoguchi Midori Sawato has become the top benshi in Japan since her debut in 1973, having performed at numerous venues in and outside of her country. A benshi is a performer who provides both the expository narration and the voices for on-screen characters for silent films. When Sawato...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Jean Ma In the 1950s and 1960s, film songs were a ubiquitous feature of Hong Kong cinema, and their performance was the exclusive domain of singing actresses. One of the biggest screen stars and recording artists of this era was Grace Chang. Chang made her debut in Mambo Girl (dir. Evan Yang [Yi...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (1 (100)): 197–217.
Published: 01 May 2019
... LOOKING ! The Films of Chantal Akerman 1968–2015 (2016–17) in Portland, Oregon, and culminated with CHANTAL? Dialogue between a movie, a cello, and a text , conceived and performed by Sonia Wieder-Atherton in 2018. This essay foregrounds films, installations, and performances that portray the interplay of...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 65–93.
Published: 01 May 2011
... of black manhood. That is, the tape facilitates our understanding of how performances of race, gender, sex, and sexuality are equally induced by subject as by spectator. The tape not only speaks to the constitutive links between authenticity and spectatorship that pornography reveals but also to the...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 85–117.
Published: 01 September 2014
... that these women's performances played crucial roles in orchestrating transitions in industrial film form. Focusing on a comparison between the French Pathé and American Vitagraph companies, I examine the variety of techniques deployed to try to rationalize or contain the unruly bodily gestures of...