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Unknown Woman by Anna Odell: The Event, the Trial, the Work - Reflections on the Mediality of Performance
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies, Musicology and Performance Studies.
2012 (English)In: Theatre research international, ISSN 0307-8833, E-ISSN 1474-0672, Vol. 37, no 3, 249-264 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is concerned with an extraordinary artwork created by a young Swedish art student, Anna Odell. Odell's re-enactment of an earlier suicide attempt on a bridge in Stockholm, filmed for an art installation, caused an outcry from the public and medical authorities and a court case that stimulated heated debate in the national press. Here I examine Odell's work for the 'critical' questions it in turn provokes about artistic creation and communication: the difficulties for the performance scholar in addressing the enactment when it is so generically hard to define; why the art/artist was found guilty of a 'fraudulent practice'; and what might be revealed and further problematized by theorizing the enactment as a cultural, socio-political event.

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2012. Vol. 37, no 3, 249-264 p.
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Performing Art Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81272DOI: 10.1017/S0307883312000909ISI: 000308311400005OAI: diva2:560558


Available from: 2012-10-15 Created: 2012-10-15 Last updated: 2012-12-19Bibliographically approved

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