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Notes on The Mission

Householder & Yael, Marty Spellerberg. September 3rd, 2005

We gauge an original by how well it translates into the present. Characters, sounds and time may be altered. This is commonly called the re-make or the re-telling of a story.

Through gender play and insertion of self into an existing narrative, Householder’s act of imitation leads to personal ownership. She roams delirious and half-naked around a bedroom; the male-voiced monologue and gestures jar with her breasts, which mark her as different. Incapable of seamless mimicry, this is still a role-play.

Johanna Householder & b.h. Yael's The Mission

Johanna Householder & b.h. Yael's The Mission

Text: Marty Spellerberg. Images: Johanna Householder & b.h. Yael, The Mission (Canada 2000, 05:06), courtesy of V tape.

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