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The present thesis “Who the fuck is Johnny?” analyzes the “Kunstfigur” (artificial character) Johnny created by the Viennese performance artist Barbara Kraus. Johnny, who was developed and incarnated by the artist for a performance in 1999, since then has become a phenomenon, which is approached for the first time in this paper. Starting from the performance Wer Will Kann Kommen in 1999, the character of Johnny is located within and related to the artistic work of Barbara Kraus. The analysis of Johnny focuses on the definition as a “Kunstfigur” as well as the question of gender construction. In addition theories on gender performance by the philosopher Judith Butler and on identity performance by the theatre scientist Philipp Schulte are applied. The character of Johnny is positioned as ‘male construction’ and his male features creat...
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