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9/11 as Avant-Garde Art?

Author(s): Richard Schechner

Journal: Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença
ISSN 2237-2660

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 404;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Avant-garde Art | Performance | Terror | Society of the Spectacle

Can the attacks of 9/11 be considered an avant-garde artistic event? This article aims to discuss, from the point of view of the intentionality of the act and of its reception, the performative character of that historical fact. To carry forward this intent, it presents a historical overview of avant-garde art, and discusses some of the historical and cultural conditions that supposedly operated as triggers of such an event. The text also focuses on the spectacular character of the event and the conditions for its appreciation in a society greatly delimited by the media.
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