The Occasion of Fracture
Artist(s)/Author(s): Albert Reis
Format: Book
Edition: Edition of 500
Publisher: Textfield
Date Published/Produced: 2009
Reference Number: ST.31213
Location: Stacks
Acquisition Date: 6/9/2019
Collection: Textfield
Donated By: Joe Potts, Southland Institute

Keith Bormuth’s The Occasion of Fracture traces the notion that media fulfills itself in a phatic relationship to knowledge. Following a ghost image of Reyner Banham’s seminal text on Los Angeles, Bormuth melds the on-screen laughter of the 1940s Hollywood star Irene Dunne with the show Gossip Girl, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s posthumously published The Crack Up, and the cameo appearance by Georges Bataille as a priest in Jean Renoir’s film Partie de Campagne. Composed in 11 themes, the text seeks to fracture the semblance images have as things.

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