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Becoming PastHistory in Contemporary Art$
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Jane Blocker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696970

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696970.001.0001

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Houses Falling Down

Houses Falling Down

Archival Violence in Steve Mcqueen’s Deadpan

(p.55) Two Houses Falling Down
Becoming Past

Jane Blocker

University of Minnesota Press

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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