Venice

Cameron Jamie

37th International Theatre Festival of the Venice Biennale

An American living in France, Cameron Jamie uses music, photography, drawing, film, and video to investigate the quirky, ritualistic activities that are part of contemporary pop culture (wrestling and craftslike mask-making being among his current interests). JO, 2004, which was presented at the Teatro Goldoni on September 24, 2005, as part of the International Theatre Festival of the Venice Biennale, is a two-part film accompanied by a live sound track performed by Japanese musician Keiji Haino. The film’s first half follows an annual pageant in Orléans, France, where a young woman is picked to incarnate Joan of Arc. Returning to the US for the second part, Jamie documents an annual hot dog–eating contest at Coney Island—the epitome of American lowbrow culture. Seemingly unrelated, the two events crystallize certain fundamental aspects of each country: the deep-seated, almost arrogant

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