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Living with the Living Theater

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Living with the Living Theater
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“Living with the Living Theater,” 1989, was created by video artist Nam June Paik with Betsy Connors and Paul Garrin, and is a documentary-style look at Judith Malina and Julian Beck of the experimental Living Theater drama group. In Paik's style, the footage is played backwards, forwards, and at odd speeds. Segments are juxtaposed with little explanation as to their relationship. Scenes witnessed include interviews with Malina, Beck, the poet Jackson Mac Low and the painter Iris Lezak about communal living and parenting; their children responding to this interview footage; Malina, Beck, and others smoking marijuana at the grave of Mikhail Bakhunin; footage of the Living Theater performing in Berlin in 1967; a news clip of Paik's robot being hit by a car; and Beck's funeral. Rock music by the likes of Janis Joplin and Madonna permeates the work.

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Chicago: “Living with the Living Theater,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AD7775634E4C493CBA79B81563B3B48E.
MLA: “Living with the Living Theater.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 16, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AD7775634E4C493CBA79B81563B3B48E>.
APA: Living with the Living Theater. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AD7775634E4C493CBA79B81563B3B48E
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