By Robert Neustadt
Foregrounding a technique of experimental innovations which Neustadt name "(con)fusing signs," the ebook explores serious and political dimensions of latest Spanish American creative practices which are usually defined away within the obscure identify of postmodern fragmentation. (Con)Fusing symptoms explores the options, results and reasons for this sort of fragmentation. This research reassesses the a lot mentioned "crisis of illustration" via an research of the complexity of political critique in components as diversified (and similar) as postmodernity, army dictatorship and postcolonialism. This ebook explores the way within which multimedia artists Diamela Eltit, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Guillermo G-mez-Pe-a articulate political reviews via textual (con)fusion whereas sarcastically underscoring their lack of ability to get open air of discourse.
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The viewer does not see the gaze but rather follows it unconsciously on the screen. The spectators then reinscribe the gaze from their places in the audience. Iluminada’s spectacle, the novel markedly diagrams a network of intersecting gazes. In this case, however, the gaze does not function as an invisible apparatus but rather calls attention to itself, constituting an obvious visual theme. Iluminada focuses on the neon sign, she herself represents the object of the gaze. Although she generally contemplates the sign and los pálidos, she also looks inward at her mirrored reflection.
This operation is called (from the Latin) soliciting. In other words, shaking in a way related to the whole (from sollus, in archaic Latin ‘the whole,’ and from citare, ‘to put in motion’)” (emphasis original, 6). Jacques Derrida, “Force and Signification,” Writing and Difference, trans. Alan Bass (Chicago: U of Chicago, 1978), 3–30. CHAPTER 2 Diamela Eltit: Clearing Space For Critical Performance (CON)FUSING IMAGES: THE BODY AND THE TEXT La superficie está en todas partes y el centro en ninguna.
How is it possible, then, that technology and late capitalism have eclipsed the possibility to construct a critique through art or literature today? Postmodernity may indeed provoke confusing crises of representation, but if one thing is certain, socioeconomic difference and unbalanced hierarchies of power relations remain ubiquitous. It is not that postmodernism has clipped away the potential for critical distance, but rather that contemporary (poststructuralist) sensibilities no longer accept the theoretical notion of distance as valid.
(Con)Fusing Signs and Postmodern Positions: Spanish American Performance, Experimental Writing, and the Critique of Political Confusion (Latin American Studies) by Robert Neustadt