Volume IX of the Art in General New Commissions Book series.
Marguerite Duras’ India Song was a work that addressed narrative and translation, recurrent subjects in Cesarco’s work, as well as an inter-subjective address to what the artists refers to as pre-text: an operation in which an existing text is the primary material for the work. By staging a number of repetitions of the original text—a play by Duras, later her film, a reading of it by Cesarco, another by Link, the audience’s own, and so on—Cesarco wishes to highlight the ways in which meaning is assigned and displaced.
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Full text of Luis Camnitzer’s Essay: Alejandro Cesarco: Inventories, Influences and Identities from Alejandro Cesarco: Marguerite Duras’ India Song