By Florian Keller
In Andy Kaufman, Florian Keller explores Kaufman’s occupation inside a broader dialogue of the ideology of the yank Dream. Taking as his place to begin the 1999 biopic Man at the Moon, Keller brilliantly decodes Kaufman in a fashion that makes it attainable to understand his radical time table past avant-garde theories of transgression. As an entertainer, Kaufman submerged his id underneath a multiplicity of personas, enacting the yank trust that the self can and will be perpetually remade for the sake of happiness and good fortune. He did this so carefully and constantly, Keller argues, that he uncovered the interior contradictions of America’s ideology of self-invention.
Keller posits that Kaufman provided a notably differentand possibly extra potentlogic of cultural feedback than did extra brazenly political comedians corresponding to Lenny Bruce. featuring shut readings of Kaufman’s most vital performances, Keller exhibits how Kaufman mountedfor the good thing about a frequently uncomprehending publica sustained and noteworthy critique of America’s obsession with superstar and individualism.
Florian Keller is a fellow on the Institute of Cultural reviews, tuition of paintings and layout, college of technologies and humanities, Zurich.
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