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Talkin' with your mouth full : conversations with the videos of Steve Fagin /

Other Authors: Fagin, Steve.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Duke University Press, 1998
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SUMMARY

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





TABLE OF CONTENTS

Victoria GillSteve Fagin and Victoria GilMargaret MorseSteve FaginGregg BordowitzLeslie DickVivian SobchackPeter WollenSteve FaginConstance DeJongMark RappaportBarry GiffordPatricia MellencampSteve FaginSteve FaginVicente L. RafaelTrinh T. Minh-haAndrew RossIvone MarguliesSteve FaginConstance PenleyDocumentary VoicesBertha JottarBill HorriganSteve FaginJohn Welchman
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Virtual Play: The Double Direct Monkey Wrench in Black's Machinery (1984)
Waking and Shaking
Excerpts from Virtual Play
Dear Steve
Lou: A Superficial Look
The Amazing Voyage of Gustave Flaubert and Raymond Roussel (1986)
The Occidental Tourist: Steve Fagin's Virtual Voyage for Armchair Travelers
An Interview with Steve Fagin
Script of The Amazing Voyage
For Steve Fagin Who Made The Amazing Voyage of Gustave Flaubert and Raymond Roussel Whose Fathers and Mothers
A Woman's Face
In Search of the Big Perfect
The Machine That Killed Bad People (1990)
Disastrous Events
Machine Talk
Excerpts from The Machine
Updates: Doubled Histories
Voice-Over I
TV Guidance
Zero Degrees Latitude (1993)
Confessions of a Quiet American: Fagin's Anemic Anesthetics
Voice-Over from Zero Degrees Latitude
Out in Left Field
Excerpts from Zero Degrees Latitude
Diary
Memorial Day (Observed) (1995)
Ohio Impromptu
Excerpts from Memorial Day (Observed)
Last Words
Faces, Boxes, and The Moves
Notes
Contributors


Review by Choice Review

In this postliterate book, auteur Fagin intercuts texts and forms of text (script, interview, essay, quotation) like a literary montage. As Victoria Gill proposes in her foreword, the result is like strolling through a cocktail party, picking up fascinating snatches of thought and gossip as one passes. Rather than a linear study of Fagin's videos, or of the nature of video art, the book is a free-forum discussion about the images and ideas provoked by his works. Fagin sets up a conversation between his videos and a variety of his interesting friends--e.g., activist Greg Bordowitz, academics Constance Penley and Vivian Sobchack, filmmaker Trinh T. Min-ha. Thus, The Amazing Voyage of Gustave Flaubert and Raymond Roussel prompts novelist Barry Gifford's memoir of pitcher Don Larsen's perfect World Series game and director Mark Rappaport's riff on George Cukor's A Woman's Face. Regarding The Machine that Killed Bad People, Patricia Mellencamp elaborates on what Fagin calls the televisualization of international relations. Fagin includes fascinating introductions and interviews in his own intelligent, articulate voice, and one can enjoy this book even without having seen his videos. He draws his insights from a wide range of literature, music, art, film, and pop culture, especially baseball. His epigrammatic wit makes him very quotable. This exceedingly generous book is a full expression of a video mind. Recommended for all collections. M. Yacowar; University of Calgary

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
AUTHOR NOTES

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.


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