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Houses Falling Down

Houses Falling Down

Archival Violence in Steve Mcqueen’s Deadpan

Chapter:
(p.55) Two Houses Falling Down
Source:
Becoming Past
Author(s):
Jane Blocker
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816696970.003.0003

The chapter considers the historical methodologies manifest in a film by UK artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen called Deadpan (1997), which repeats a stunt performed in 1928 by Buster Keaton. It marshals Deleuze to argue that repetition constitutes an unorthodox archive, one preserved not in static documents but in a continually renewed present. Placing McQueen’s film in dialogue with a repeating video by Bruce Nauman, it asks how re-enactment remembers or forgets race.

Keywords:   Steve McQueen, Deadpan, Deleuze, repetition, present, film, Bruce Nauman, re-enactment, race

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