A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National by Josh Karp

By Josh Karp

The last word biography of nationwide Lampoon and its cofounder Doug Kenney, this ebook bargains the 1st entire historical past of the immensely well known journal and its incredible and whimsical characters. With awesome tales of the comedy scene in long island urban within the Nineteen Seventies and nationwide Lampoon’s position on the heart of it, this chronicle stocks how the journal spawned a well-liked radio exhibit and long-running theatrical productions that helped release the careers of John Belushi, invoice Murray, Chevy Chase, and Gilda Radner and went directly to motivate Saturday evening dwell. greater than a hundred thirty interviews have been performed with humans hooked up to Kenney and the journal, together with Chevy Chase, John Hughes, P. J. O’Rourke, Tony Hendra, Sean Kelly, Chris Miller, and Bruce McCall. those interviews and behind-the-scenes tales concerning the making of either Animal condominium and Caddyshack support to seize the nostalgia, humor, and pop culture that nationwide Lampoon conjures up.

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Tschumi 1985: 23). While drawing on the work of artists and theorists emphasising post-structuralist concepts of the sign and the text (Tschumi 1985: 24), Tschumi has also defined his practice in relation to the work of ‘early “concept-performance” artists’ and their emphasis upon the phenomenology of space. Thus, in ‘The Architectural Paradox’, Tschumi positioned his work in relation to the post-minimal installation art of Bruce Nauman, Doug Wheeler, Robert Irwin, and Michael Asher, where: By restricting visual and physical perception to the faintest of all stimulations, they turn the expected experience of the space into something altogether different.

Indeed, the mirrors seem to epitomise Morris’ attempt to resist the viewer’s reading of depth, centre, or internal stability, in an exposure of the contingent character of the unitary form’s intervention into the circumstances in which the viewer views. Yet the mirrors also present contradictions, confusing and playing between different orders of space. Despite reflecting the gallery space, and presenting the viewer with the activity and context of her own looking, Morris’ organisation of the mirrors as six-sided cubes extends the unitary form’s construction of an ‘interior’ to which the viewer is denied access.

Subject, Pistoletto suggests, to ‘a perpetual present movement’ (Cora 1995: 43), the mirror picture is constituted in this spatial disjunction, where, subject to duration and the viewer’s performance, virtual and real spaces are seen to be written over each other. In LE STANZE (THE ROOMS), twelve consecutive installations occupying the spaces of the Christian Stein Gallery in Turin from October 1975 to September 1976, Pistoletto presented the mirror, for the first time, without intervention on to its surface, in a further articulation of the complex overlaying of virtual and real spaces.

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