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Video: Situation One

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Claudia Rankine

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October 27, 2010


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In this video poem Claudia Rankine explores a scene during which French soccer star Zinedine Zidane head butts Italian defender Marco Materazzi after he verbally provokes Zidane during the FIFA World Cup final in 2006. As poet Christine Hume writes, "Claudia Rankine's 'Situation One' explores how linguistic agency emerges from this scene of enabling vulnerability. In her video-poem, nine seconds become an unsettling five minutes of examined life, of encounter with the Other, of polity constituting itself through exclusion and effacement."

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