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Feast of ExcessA Cultural History of the New Sensibility$
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George Cotkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190218478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.001.0001

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Crucified and Shot

Crucified and Shot

Chris Burden


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Feast of Excess

George Cotkin

Oxford University Press

The question of how far excess and performance can go is highlighted in this chapter about artist Chris Burden. His works include having himself being shot in the arm, being locked for days within the confines of a school locker, and lying for hours without food, water, or restroom breaks in an art show. In another piece, Burden had himself crucified to a Volkswagen. Burden’s pieces often dealt with the malleability of identity in a time when divisions between the personal and performative were under siege. The works also, in their best moments, obliterated lines between performer and audience, raising questions of ethics and putting the moral onus for some of the pieces upon the audience rather than the artist.

Keywords:   Chris Burden, Trans-fixed, ethics

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