Let Be Be Finale of Seem – That’s Dead Camp…(Emma Balkind) (14 Mar)

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A series of events presenting works about death and the way it structures life

7pm, Wednesday, 14 March 2012
That’s dead camp… Funeral Strippers as camp-macabre

A screening of the documentary film Dancing for the Dead: Funeral Strippers in Taiwan by Marc L. Moskowitz and presented by Emma Balkind

Marc L. Moskowitz’(Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of South Carolina) research focuses on the intersection between gender and popular culture in Chinese-speaking Asia. Moskowitz’ film investigates the Taiwanese phenomenon of Electric Flower Car performers. These scantily-dressed women sing karaoke pop in multiple languages, make bawdy burlesque jokes and entertain the crowds at funerals, weddings, and religious temples.

Emma Balkind (MA in Contemporary Art Theory, Edinburgh College of Art) will draw upon her initial training in documentary production in this presentation which will discuss notions of camp performativity within Moskowitz’ film. To quote Susan Sontag: “I am strongly drawn to Camp, and almost as strongly offended by it. That is why I want to talk about it, and why I can.” Film duration – 40 minutes.


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