Art Performance Media: 31 Interviews

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Over the course of fifteen years, Nicholas Zurbrugg interviewed the avant-garde poets, filmmakers, dancers, writers, composers, and performance artists who were defying tradition, crossing genres, and forever changing how art would be created, performed, and interpreted. These conversations with thirty-one of the leading multimedia artists in the United States now form a comprehensive record, from the insiders' perspectives, of the most vital component of the postmodern American art world.Passionate about postmodernism and committed to innovative creativity, Zurbrugg asks these artists probing and insightful questions. How did their work evolve? Who most influenced them? How did they assess changes in contemporary art, and what did they think of each other's work? Which of their experiences had the most powerful effects on their creative development? What could lie ahead for American art? As these questions are answered by individual artists, the interviews also cumulatively address larger issues of artistic expression, including the idea of the avant-garde itself. The book features interviews with Kathy Acker, Charles Amirkhanian, Laurie Anderson, Robert Ashley, Beth B, David Blair, William S. Burroughs, Warren Burt, John Cage, Richard Foreman, Kenneth Gaburo, Diamanda Galás, John Giorno, Philip Glass, Brion Gysin, Dick Higgins, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kuchar, Robert Lax, Jackson Mac Low, Meredith Monk, Nam June Paik, Yvonne Rainer, Steve Reich, Rachel Rosenthal, Bill Viola, Larry Wendt, Emmett Williams, Robert Wilson, Nick Zedd, and Ellen Zweig. Introductory notes to each interview provide context and connect the work and experiences of various artists, and photographs of these artists contribute a significant visual element to the book. Nicholas Zurbrugg (1947-2001) was professor of English and cultural studies, as well as director of the Centre of Contemporary Arts, at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. He is the author of The Parameters of Postmodernism and Critical Vices: The Myths of Postmodern Theory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816638321
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2004
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Kathy Acker 1
Charles Amirkhanian 17
Laurie Anderson 25
Robert Ashley 35
Beth B 47
David Blair 57
William S. Burroughs 69
Warren Burt 91
John Cage 101
Richard Foreman 119
Kenneth Gaburo 133
Diamanda Galas 145
John Giorno 157
Philip Glass 173
Brion Gysin 189
Dick Higgins 197
Jenny Holzer 213
Mike Kuchar 223
Robert Lax 233
Jackson Mac Low 253
Meredith Monk 273
Nam June Paik 285
Yvonne Rainer 295
Steve Reich 307
Rachel Rosenthal 315
Bill Viola 331
Larry Wendt 343
Emmett Williams 359
Robert Wilson 371
Nick Zedd 381
Ellen Zweig 391
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