Nouvelle Burlesque Brutal: A Trilogy by Katrina Daschner
Performance artist Katrina Daschner’s explosive third book is divided into chapters corresponding to her films Hafenperlen (2008), Aria de Mustang (2009) and Flaming Flamingoes (2011).While the burlesque narratives are told in part through film stills, flip-book effects are also used in the book format to “read” the gestural moments and performative aspects visible in the cinematic rendition. The stage and the exhibition are perceived as a sexualized arena of play and performance in which processes of desire and power – along with gaze scenarios – are negotiated and staged. Readers walk on to a stage setting to find themselves in a field of gazes in which they have become not just the audience but also the protagonists.
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