Guest Class with Jesse Phillips-Fein Monday March 26 -- Videos and Questions

Guest Artist Jesse Phillips-Fein has sent us the following three video excerpts of work and asked that you view them and consider the questions listed below before we meet with her on Monday.   She's coming up all the way from NYC to visit us, so please take time with these materials (and please make sure you're back on campus Monday for class). 

While you should answer all of the questions for yourself, you need only choose THREE of them to address in writing.   This will allow you to explain your answers in greater detail. 

VIDEO 1:  NEED (2009)
Performed with an inter-generational cast and 500 plastic bags, this work exists in the space between living and dying, breathing and drowning, satisfaction and insatiability, to look at how what we need can also destroy us.

Questions on NEED:
Is a plastic bag as an object in performance inherently political?
What is socially transgressive about an inter-generational cast?
What are the implications of putting one's private life (in this case, my family/my mother) in public view?

VIDEO 2: Unbind it! (saddam hussein's final poem) (2007)

Unbind it! (saddam hussein's final poem) is a response to the public execution of Saddam Hussein in. Drawing parallels between Hussein and Bush as war criminals, dubiously elected leaders, and potential lovers, it highlights the double-standard of how they are viewed. It asks who we sympathize with, and how any of us face dying with a guilty conscience

Questions on Unbind it! (saddam hussein's final poem)
What enables an audience member to see a female body as a male character?
Where, and how, is there room for audience interpretation when I as an artist am making an explicit statement about a political event?

VIDEO 3: Pale (2010)
Pale seeks to define the omnipresent but un-interrogated mentality and experience of being white. In the work, three women negotiate with a fourth who represents whiteness, confronting the underbelly of their racial experience: emptiness, comfort, and fear.

Questions on Pale:
How can a body represent an idea?
How do we make the invisible visible (in this case, whiteness to white people)?

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