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dc.contributor.authorHill, Wes
dc.description.abstractSpeech Acts: Richard Grayson and Matt Mullican illuminates the video-based practices of these two internationally acclaimed artists, who use the format of the monologue to construct and narrate hypothetical worlds. British artist Richard Grayson imbues vernacular culture with a sense of classicism, extracting layers of meaning from an array of subject matter, including scientific explanations, flash-mob videos, dinner party conversations and purposefully bad jokes. By contrast, American artist Matt Mullican​ examines the circularities of language, conducting performances under hypnosis to vacillate between primal and public speech. Who is it we are watching as Mullican performs in an hypnotic state? How do we interrogate and categorise what is being created? The book includes video excerpts of Mullican’s first ever performance under hypnosis in Australia (staged in collaboration with Sydney’s National Art School at the iconic Cell Block Theatre, a former nineteenth-century women’s prison) and a selection of Grayson’s scripted compositions, which combine political acuity with dry wit. Author Wes Hill, having curated Grayson and Mullican in a 2015 exhibition at UTS Gallery, unpacks them further in a fascinating essay on both artists, examining their obsessions with language, performance and the nature of interpretation, which arise in their works to engage and sometimes unsettle viewers.
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dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::A The Arts::AF The Arts: art forms::AFK Non-graphic and electronic art forms::AFKP Performance arten_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::J Society and Social Sciences::JM Psychology::JMH Social, group or collective psychologyen_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::J Society and Social Sciences::JM Psychology::JMQ Psychology: emotionsen_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::M Medicine and Nursing::MQ Nursing and ancillary services::MQT Occupational therapy::MQTC Creative therapy / Expressive therapiesen_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::A The Arts::AT Performing arts::ATC Individual actors and performersen_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::A The Arts::AT Performing arts::ATD Theatre studiesen_US
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::A The Arts::AT Performing arts::ATX Other performing artsen_US
dc.subject.otherPerformance art
dc.subject.otherPsychology of language and meaning
dc.subject.otherPhilosophy of personal and community engagement
dc.subject.otherFilm and video art
dc.subject.otherirony and provocation through creative monologues
dc.titleSpeech Acts
dc.title.alternativeRichard Grayson and Matt Mullican

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