Érik Bullot – FROM CIRCUS TO CRIME
Paper presented at the conference “What is a Mask?”, 26-27 January 2017, Royal Institute of Art.
“Fear of clown attacks has become a collective hysteria in the US and the UK. Many people report seeing or being assaulted by creepy clowns here and there in the woods, on the roads or elsewhere. Different rumors were generated about these criminal clowns. If there was always an ambivalence in the figure of the clown, often mechanical and stupid, he was generally the source of laughters and humor. For a long time, clowns were associated with childhood and circus. How to interpret this shift between laugh and fear? This change of meaning of the face and the mask? Is it connected to the lost tradition of slapstick? How does it affect our representation of childhood? This lecture is illustrated by some sequences of films.”
Links to the films referred to during the paper:
BODY DOUBLE 22
The conference was curated by Catherine Malabou and in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University London.
The conference received generous funding from The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).