Critical Writing Index

General Idea: Towards an Audience Vocabulary

by Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker

Video re/View, 1996, pp. 403-410

Toronto: Art Metropole & V tape, 1996

The article is an interview between Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker and members of General Idea, A.A. Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal, regarding their videotape/performance executed in 1976, Press Conference. Issues explored include the relationship between the "real" viewing audience and the on-stage performers acting as the audience members and the purpose of this dialectic, ideas of narrative continuity and discontinuity, and the sometimes negative reactions of the "real" audience to the piece.

ITEM 1996.034 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

A.A. Bronson

Felix Partz

Jorge Zontal

Press ConferenceGeneral Idea

Miss General Idea PavillionGeneral Idea

Fruit CocktailsDavid Buchan

Hot PropertyGeneral Idea