A professor of linguistics who specialised in underworld argot, Maurer won the trust of hundreds of swindlers. They let him in on not simply their language, but their folkwrys and the astonishingly complex and elaborate schemes whereby unsuspecting marks, hooked by their own greed and dishonesty were 'taken off' – i. e. , cheated – of thousands upon thousands of dollars.
The collection explores repetition in relation to intimacy, laughter, technology, familiarity, and fear proposing a new vocabulary for understanding what is at stake in works that repeat.
In what ways does the experience of live art counter the ideological readings of place, context and significantly, gendered codification?
Found in miscellaneous article folder #5
This item is part of the ‘Glimpses of before: 1970s UK Performance Art’ Study Room Guide by Helena Goldwater (P2497)