Dysfunctional Comedy: A Reader documents a series of events, performances and workshops initiated by German-American artist Olav Westphalen from 2012 to 2015 in Switzerland. Part of Westphalen’s ongoing research on crypto-comedy, this artist’s book /catalog engages students and partners from different traditions and genres in comedic and cartoonist practices to reflect on the rich history of stand-up comedy and political satire. Seven chapters and over 15 artists and writers play with various comedic techniques to subvert the strategies and themes of stand-up comedy, as well as rethink artistic performativity and audience participation. In the process, they address stereotypes, taboos, and power relations with a critical eye toward the conservatism, cultural-political operations, and inflexibility of the art world. Contributions by Olav Westphalen, Roee Rosen, Aron Flam, Anna Kinbom, Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen, Sally O’Reilly and Lívia Páldi. A small but powerful reader!
118 pp / 6 b&w and 24 color
Retail Price: $22.00
BALTIC ART CENTER, VISBY
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ART, STOCKHOLM