The dramaturgy of the subject

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This project is intended to address the crisis of the subject of art and the way of dealing with this crisis in the contemporary art world. The project aims to bring together three artists working in photography, video and sound in order to question one of the aspect of this crisis emerged from the collapse of the spectacle with the resistance.

In the age of global surveillance the spectacle has become internalised and there is a dramatic shift from the spectacle to spectacular expectation of coming events. This kind of internal metamorphosis is also creating the articulation of what is spectacle with the spectacular i.e internal expectation or resistance of the subject to the spectacle. This is the moment where the conflict between the spectacle and resistance to it starts. Subjects are used to grasp any event in a spectacular form and any expectation of the representation that makes it as an integral and internal both for accepting it or rejecting it. This conflictual situation can be called ‘the dramaturgy of the subject’. And this refers initially the cross-circulation of ideas and means; secondly it is technological (electronic) explosion and cross-circulation of social immerse.

In the context of global transformations encapsulated within its conflictual situation, this project offers a mode of production challenged by the ‘threefold event’ consisting of interrelated activities. Firstly presenting the cross-circulation of ideas and means; secondly pointing technological (electronic) exploration, and creating an exchange in a physical environment. This ‘threfoldness’ in its turn engenders some ideas concerning the mode of production in terms of narrative, cross-circulation and appropriation.



Noah Angell is a filmmaker who takes sections of pre-existing films, and subjects them to a process of rigorous editing and manipulation. These works are short intensifications of the film experience, exposing the underlying play of power, revealing the true nature of obscured authority.

Angell extends editing beyond its subordinate role to demonstrate the way unconnected meanings can be carried simultaneously- this is partly a process of deconstruction, of rewriting historical scripts, and partly a new creative procedure.



Nick Gee in his work deals with the forms of production, diffusion and reception of information within contemporary society. His intention is to explore how, and where a specific art practice can operate to produce a counter form of human experience.




Mattinis a Basque artist working with noise and improvisation. His work seeks to address the social and economic structures of experimental music production through live performance, recordings and writing. Using a conceptual approach, he aims to question the nature and parameters of improvisation, specifically the relationship between the idea of “freedom” and constant innovation that it traditionally implies, and the established conventions of improvisation as a genre.

supported by:
MA7, Interkulturelle und internationale Aktivitäten