Title page for ETD etd-07022007-165132

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bodle, Kelli
URN etd-07022007-165132
Title (Mis)Translation in the Work of Omer Fast
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Susan Elizabeth Ryan Committee Chair
Darius Spieth Committee Member
Rod Parker Committee Member
  • glendive foley
  • simulacra
  • hyperreal
  • bertolt brecht
  • jean baudrillard
  • berlin-hura
  • barbie liberation organization
  • media critique
  • interventionist art
  • cildo meireles
  • nicolas bourriaud
  • senam okudzeto
  • douglas gordon
  • colonial williamsburg
  • breakin' in a new partner
  • fourth wall
  • alienation
  • documentary
  • t3-aeon
  • video art
  • spielberg's list
  • godville
  • verfremdungseffekt
  • cnn concatenated
  • umberto eco
Date of Defense 2007-05-08
Availability unrestricted
For the majority of people, video art does not have a major impact on their daily lives. Between ubiquitous television monitors and incessant internet pop-ups, attention paid to a video in an art gallery is passing at best. How can one's video creations make an impression on such an already visually-immersed culture? Video artist Omer Fast, uses editorial effects such as dubbing, mistranslations, and splicing in his documentary-style works to attract the attention of, and later alienate, his audience. This essay analyzes Fast's oeuvre and deconstructs the ways in which he attracts audience interest and subsequently encourages his audiences, through alienation, to become more critical viewers for both his artwork and their daily lives. The application of critical theory, such as Bertolt Brecht's Verfremdungseffekt and Jean Baudrillard's concept of simulacra, add to Fast's editorial effects in order to set him apart from the standard contemporary video artist. Notably, Fast addresses aspects of artist ethics in his work, which ultimately distinguishes him as a unique leader in contemporary art.
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