[NetBehaviour] Ventriloquism (From RAW, 2006)

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Sun Oct 6 06:12:09 CEST 2013


http://rhizome.org/discuss/21203/

A common trope in portmanteau horror films and psychological shockers is
the animate ventriloquist's dummy. There are two common variants of this
scenario:
the posessed dummy and the insane ventriloquist.

Now imagine a film where the ventriloquist's delusion is that their
possessed dummy is not in fact speaking, and that they must speak for them.


http://rhizome.org/discuss/21379/

Imagine a horror film about an insane ventriloquist who believes that
his possessed dummy is talking. What he believes the dummy to be
saying is not what the dummy is saying. The dummy can appeal to the
audience, but the ventriloquist will not understand the audience's
reactions. Especially when the dummy tells the audience that the
ventriloquist thinks it wants him to murder his wife.

How can the ventriloquist silence the dummy? Even if he destroys it
or exorcises it he will only silence its real voice. He will still
hear what he thinks it is saying. And if his insanity is diagnosed
and treated after this, he will still be unaware of what he has
actually done.


[I was talking about managerialist approaches to curation and art
history that reduce artworks to illustrations of theory.]



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