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The artist descending : art, atrocity, & justice

Author: Todd LondonLawrence WeschlerRobert Jay LiftonCharles L MeeErika MunkAll authors
Publisher: New York, 1997.
Series: Speaking Out: The Performing Arts Forum 1997
Edition/Format:   Video : Videocassette : NTSC color broadcast system : U-matic   Visual material : English
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Opens with introductory remarks by series producer Todd Lincoln.
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Genre/Form: History
Panel discussions
Named Person: Lawrence Weschler; Robert Jay Lifton; Charles L Mee; Erika Munk; Robert Jay Lifton; Charles L Mee; Erika Munk; Lawrence Weschler
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Todd London; Lawrence Weschler; Robert Jay Lifton; Charles L Mee; Erika Munk; Character Generators/Video.; New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
OCLC Number: 80377595
Notes: Fifth program in a series of five.
Copy of program available.
Some material not recorded; cassette no. 2 begins after an indeterminate lapse of time.
Playwright Sarah Kane, listed as a panelist in the program, did not participate due to illness.
Performer(s): Panelists: Lawrence Weschler, Robert Jay Lifton, Charles L. Mee, with Erika Munk, moderator.
Event notes: Videotaped by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in its Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York, N.Y., May 19, 1997.
Description: 2 videocassettes (98 min.) : sound, color NTSC ; 3/4 in. (U-matic).
Series Title: Speaking Out: The Performing Arts Forum 1997
Responsibility: [video producer] The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts ; [video prod. company, Character Generators, Inc.].

Abstract:

Opens with introductory remarks by series producer Todd Lincoln.

Using several essays by Lawrence Weschler as a point of departure, the panelists explore the role of the artist in a despotic, fascistic, and/or genocidal state. Factors influencing the artist's response to such regimes are examined, whether the response is one of collusion, opposition, or an attempt to work independently of the regime's dominance. Debate ensues over perceived reactionary and misogynistic impulses within literary and artistic avant-garde movements under fascism and other governmental systems. It is asserted that, in addition to art and literature, language itself can become politicized under extremist regimes. Examples are drawn from recent years in Bosnia, and from Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. A question and answer session with the audience concludes the discussion.

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