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  • After the Digital We Rematerialize: Distance and Violence in the Work of Regina Jose Galindo

Carolin, Clare, 2011, Journal Article, After the Digital We Rematerialize: Distance and Violence in the Work of Regina Jose Galindo Third Text, 25 (109).

Abstract or Description:

As the context for the production and reception of Regina Jose Galindo’s work has expanded internationally her position within her practice has shifted from lone protagonist in the early performances produced in her native Guatemala, to orchestrator of the actions of others, to complete corporeal absence in the most recent sculptures, which paradoxically still invoke the human body. Here I trace how the internet and related digital technologies that have been key to the production and dissemination of Galindo’s work have affected its critical reception. In parallel I configure the symbolic ‘de’ and ‘re’ materialization of the human body in Galindo’s practice over the past decade through the thinking of the Argentinean Oscar Masotta, with specific reference to his text (from a lecture of 1968) Despues del Pop Nosotros Desmaterializamos/After Pop we Dematerialize. While Masotta uses the term in connection with Argentinean ‘media art’ (artists’ actions and performances realised specifically for the mess media) I outline a reverse process by which Galindo develops a radical, performance-based practice characterized by the graphic representation (and sometimes literal enactment) of violence read by the mass media as ‘sensationalist’ and by art critics and curators as ‘political’ or ‘activist’, rapidly achieves international success and then effectively ‘dematerializes’ as a live artist, rematerializing the art object in imitation of the human form, as commodity. The text draws on my conversations with the Galindo during the development of the exhibition Regina Jose Galindo: The Body of Others which I curated for Modern Art Oxford in 2009.

Official URL: http://www.thirdtext.com/2011/08/after-the-digital...
Subjects: Other > Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P304 Electronic Media studies
Other > Mass Communications and Documentation > P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation > P990 Mass Communications and Documentation not elsewhere classified
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W130 Sculpture
Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama > W410 Acting
Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography > W690 Cinematics and Photography not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2011 18:21
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2011 18:21
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/715

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