Last Tape

Last Tape (Fall 2017)
by Felix Bernstein and Gabe Rubin 

Is it possible to make an untimely deposit of grief on purpose? To make a last tape as if it were a first? In a video that encompasses multiple layers of commentary over collaged images and performance documentation, Rubin and Bernstein re-stage funereal tribute to Emma Bee Bernstein. Last Tape tests the limits of re-performing one’s self and one’s injuries. Spliced together with footage from 2016 performance “Bieber Bathos Elegy,” Last Tape plays out and questions the tropes of ridiculous theater—where the banality and artifice of melodrama & the worship of celebrities is tied to vulnerable queer physicality, and confessional monologues.