TV, or Not TV: Alex Bag

What is the point of like making work for people that are so smart that they don’t even watch TV?

Alex Bag, Fall ‘95

ALEX BAG IS THE QUEEN OF POUT: Forehead forward, brows raised, chin in, lips pursed, she can deliver a look you’d get out of the way of. In a brief sequence from her video Untitled (Project for the Andy Warhol Museum), 1996, she fights with a soon-to-be ex-boyfriend: “You are a selfish, arrogant pig Zach Tyler!” she cries. “Well, it takes one to know one,” he answers, and here it comes—the pout—the assessing, leveling gaze—but instead of the devastating riposte we might expect (particularly if we already know Bag’s scathing satires), we get its opposite: “Can’t you see? We belong together! You have to give me another chance Zach!” And so the quarrel ratchets on, an exercise in humiliation, until Zach’s final “We’re history.” Which elicits an abject appeal: “But history

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