Talkin' With Your Mouth Full: Conversations with the Videos of Steve Fagin

Talkin' With Your Mouth Full: Conversations with the Videos of Steve Fagin

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Steve Fagin is an artist whose videos incorporate, challenge, and cross over into the realm of literary and cultural studies. Talkin' with Your Mouth Full includes not only scripts of Fagin's works but critical responses to-and meditations on-a variety of his influential videos by a distinguished, if intriguingly disparate, group of artists and scholars. Combining elements of criticism with various modes of artistic expression, these responses take the form of reviews, letters, interviews, and in one case an imaginary TV programming schedule. Interspersed with-and sometimes literally interrupting-the video scripts, these contributions interact with one another on multiple levels and complement Fagin's scripts. Historical, political, and theoretical issues dovetail, ricochet, and interplay in this book, revealing a multiplicity of voices, concerns, and cultural revelations. Unique in its structure and intellectual approach, Talkin' with Your Mouth Full will appeal equally to those who have seen Fagin's videos and those who have not. Students of art history and cultural critique, and anyone interested in the ongoing dialogue between artists and theorists, will find particular value in this book.Contributors. Gregg Bordowitz, Constance DeJong, Leslie Dick, Steve Fagin, Barry Gifford, Victoria Gill, Bill Horrigan, Bertha Jottar, Ivone Margulies, Patricia Mellencamp, Margaret Morse, Constance Penley, Vicente L. Rafael, Mark Rappaport, Andrew Ross, Vivian Sobchack, Trinh T. Minh-ha, John Welchman, Peter Wollen

About Author

Steve Fagin, a recipient of several NEA grants, is Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California at San Diego. His videos include The Machine That Killed Bad People, Zero Degrees Latitude, Virtual Play, Memorial Day (Observed), and The Amazing Voyage of Gustave Flaubert and Raymond Roussel. Fagin's work has been featured at a Museum of Modern Art retrospective and at a one-person show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. A recently completed, feature-length video, TropiCola, focuses on contemporary Cuba.


Acknowledgments ix Foreword / Victoria Gill xi Introduction / Steve Fagin and Victoria Gil 1 Virtual Play: The Double Direct Monkey Wrench in Black's Machinery (1984) Waking and Shaking / Margaret Morse 29 Excerpts from Virtual Play / Steve Fagin 38 Dear Steve / Gregg Bordowitz 41 Lou: A Superficial Look / Leslie Dick 46 The Amazing Voyage of Gustave Flaubert and Raymond Roussel (1986) The Occidental Tourist: Steve Fagin's Virtual Voyage for Armchair Travelers / Vivian Sobchack 63 An Interview with Steve Fagin / Peter Wollen 78 Script of The Amazing Voyage / Steve Fagin 103 For Steve Fagin Who Made The Amazing Voyage of Gustave Flaubert and Raymond Roussel Whose Fathers and Mothers / Constance DeJong 143 A Woman's Face / Mark Rappaport 169 In Search of the Big Perfect / Barry Gifford 212 The Machine That Killed Bad People (1990) Disastrous Events / Patricia Mellencamp 223 Machine Talk / Steve Fagin 237 Excerpts from The Machine / Steve Fagin 244 Updates: Doubled Histories / Vicente L. Rafael 247 Voice-Over I / Trinh T. Minh-ha 261 TV Guidance / Andrew Ross 281 Zero Degrees Latitude (1993) Confessions of a Quiet American: Fagin's Anemic Anesthetics / Ivone Margulies 295 Voice-Over from Zero Degrees Latitude / Steve Fagin 307 Out in Left Field / Constance Penley 310 Excerpts from Zero Degrees Latitude / Documentary Voices 323 Diary / Bertha Jottar 324 Memorial Day (Observed) (1995) Ohio Impromptu / Bill Horrigan 357 Excerpts from Memorial Day (Observed) / Steve Fagin 365 Last Words Faces, Boxes, and The Moves / John Welchman 369 Notes 391 Contributors 399

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  • ISBN13: 9780822320692
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9780822320692
  • ISBN10: 082232069X

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