QUAD I AND TELETUBBIES or: 'Aisthetic' Panopticism versus Reading Beckett
Author: Voigts-Virchow, Eckart
Source: Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, SAMUEL BECKETT: ENDLESSNESS IN THE YEAR 2000/FIN SANS FIN EN L´AN 2000 edited by/édité par Angela Moorjani and/et Carola Veit. , pp. 210-218(9)
Abstract:The paper contextualizes Beckett with the contemporary culture of surveillance and vision excess, which calls for an 'aisthetic' view on Beckett's late TV as pure surface, as movement on a screen. Comparing Quad with the 1990s BBC children's TV show Teletubbies, Beckettland is constructed as Teletubbyland's Other. Beckett's late TV is an example of both an alternative to the ruling consumerist TV ("bright, happy and energetic") and of the spectacle's resistance to hermeneutic and cognitivist responses to art. Beckett's alternative is aesthetic and cultural liminality vs. the spectacular surveillance excess of panopticism.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2002