Lecture Michael Taussig: “Mimetic Excess”

Michael Taussig, Arxius OVNI. 2006. Spain. vo English, Spanish. 60’

“I will show two videos: “Trobriand Cricket”, and “Les Maîtres Fous” to talk about what I will call “mimetic excess”. By this I mean a joy or "jouisance" in mimesis itself (Nietzsche talks about this in his description of Dionysus). An “excess” produced at the moment of de-Colonisation in the 1950s-1960s, with the encounter between the Indigenous and the European worlds; the first with its mimetic body, and the European world with its mimetic-machine (the camera). A question for us: Now, in 2006, what do we do with this "excess?"

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