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Foregrounding a strategy of experimental techniques which Neustadt call "(con)fusing signs," the book explores critical and political dimensions of contemporary Spanish American artistic practices that are often explained away in the vague name of postmodern fragmentation. ("Con)Fusing Signs" explores the techniques, consequences and purposes for this type of fragmentation. This study reassesses the much discussed "crisis of representation" through an analysis of the complexity of political critique in areas as diverse (and related) as postmodernity, military dictatorship and postcolonialism. This book explores the manner in which multimedia artists Diamela Eltit, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Guillermo G-mez-Pe-a articulate political critiques through textual (con)fusion while paradoxically underscoring their inability to get outside of discourse.

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