Oedipal ‘theatre’

Blue Apple

Senior Member
Persian (Iran)
I am confused by the following text. Do you think Oedipal ‘theatre’ is an artwork different from Die Familie Schneider or it is simply describing Die Familie Schneider? In the Die Familie Schneider, a naked man is masturbating in the bath tub (a copy of the masturbating man in each house). So does "naked bodies in compromising positions" refer to the two copies of this masturbating naked man in the Die Familie Schneider?

Context:
Schneider’s Artangel project commission, Die Familie Schneider, which he presented in London in 2004, used two adjacent houses whose rooms replicated each other, so that visitors went through the same encounter twice, going in through one house and exiting through the other. Both houses were peopled with family-member doubles in disturbing poses. The family members that form Schneider’s Oedipal ‘theatre’ are called Hannelore Reuen, N. Schmidt, and ‘the son’. The work, in exhibiting naked bodies in compromising positions, created a lot of controversy, some of which might also have stemmed from the uncanny frisson triggered by human doubles that unsettle the boundary between the living and the dead, the animate and the inanimate (Art and Psychoanalysis by Maria Walsh).
 
  • grassy

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Yes, the author describes the work as an Oedipal theatre.
    From the description, it looks like there's more than one family member there and more than one compromising position, so it's not only limited to the masturbating guy.
     

    Blue Apple

    Senior Member
    Persian (Iran)
    From the description, it looks like there's more than one family member there and more than one compromising position, so it's not only limited to the masturbating guy.
    Yes, there are three people in each house. A woman who is washing the dishes, a boy whose face is covered with something like a bin liner (maybe he is killed), and a man who is masturbating. Photos of the could be viewed here.

    Could you please say what "compromising position" means to you?
     
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