Monologue with Andy Dandy
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The three Andy Dandy pieces made in the 70s form a representative body of work from Raul Marroquin's early stages of experimentation with video. They are strongly tied to performance art of the time, ranging from works as documentation to independent pieces where the performance is visualized only through its video production. This piece was also created before an audience at the ICA in London between 1974-75 a live performer and audio speakers. The playful humour of the piece can also be seen in this video version, for as he once described, having access to such equipment at the time was a stolen treasure, like being able to drive a submarine. In "Monologue", Marroquin uses the camera to literally make a play with words. The monologue we would expect has been…reduced to text encapsulated in speech bubbles on the screen. The camera reveals at first only the top of a fedora hat, slowly panning to show a silently nonchalant Andy Dandy. As we pause on his face, the silence is broken by a springing boing sound effect and a word scrawled in a speech bubble, such as "Well" or "Now?" The camera pans up and down in this manner through a series of one-word diatribes, introducing a metonymy for a speech that we do not hear. In this sense, Andy Dandy becomes the most passive of all activists, an avant-garde voice for the postmodernist generation. [Elaine. W. Ho]