Jonathan
Meese confesses: “My biggest goal is not only to direct in
Bayreuth but to make A Clockwork Orange II, Zardoz II, The
Damned II . . . “. The essence of theatricality is central
to Meese’s work. Deceptive in nature, it provides a simulated
realm of falsification and absurdity, where form and idea
become easily detached, and reassembled according to the artist’s
own logic. Meese’s grand claims become effigies, redundant
sequels to real historical epics. Drawing influence from Viennese
Actionism, Meese finds catharsis in replicating ritual, rendering
its powerful aura defunct in the process. In Lady Missmeesau,
he dreams of himself as a burly diva, the star of Bayreuth’s
famous Wagner festival.
Quote from: Loose Canon: Matt Saunders on Jonathan Meese’s
Mother Parsifal, posted on: www.artforum.com/inprint/id=8996

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