Dysfunctional Comedy: A Reader

Dysfunctional Comedy: A Reader
Library Shelf Location 29.WEST
Publication Date 2016

Contributions by Aron Flam, Anna Kinbom, Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen, Sally O’Reilly, Lívia Páldi, Roee Rosen, Olav Westphalen

Dysfunctional Comedy documents a series of public events, performances, and workshops conceptualized by German-American artist Olav Westphalen and organized with different partners, mainly in Sweden, between 2012 and 2015. An intersection of practices, ideas, and images, this artist’s book/catalogue engages with representatives of different traditions and genres in comedic and cartoonist practices to reflect on the rich history of stand-up comedy and political satire.

The publication features more than fifteen artists and writers who engage with a variety of comedic techniques, often as a way to subvert the strategies and themes of stand-up comedy and rethink artistic performativity and audience participation. Public speech and the ways of addressing sensitive issues, stereotypes, taboos, and power relations are also examined, not only to seek new modes of public address, but to look critically at the art world and cultural-political operations, conservatism, and inflexibility.

ISBN 9783956792564
Quantity 1
Pages 118
Editors Lívia Páldi, Olav Westphalen
Format Paperback
Publisher Sternberg Press, Berlin
Category Live Art/Performance
Keywords Humour, Participation
Language English

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