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1. Clint and the ChairA new genre of performance art—call it “Neo-Verity”—became shockingly vivid and visible in front of tens of millions this year. The first manifestation appeared the evening of August 30, when Clint Eastwood staged his infamous empty-chair performance at the Republican National Convention. Instead of playing out a highly scripted, rehearsed scene of political pseudo-reality, Eastwood seemed to split reality in two onstage: As Republican stalwarts willed themselves to see an American icon elevating irony to new heights and sticking it to the president, everyone else saw a party marooned in a self-replicating, self-fortifying private reality. That distinction exploded wide at around 10:30 p.m. on November 6. In one of the most unforgettable political performances of all time, Karl Rove tried to create his own topography of truth while annulling mathematical fact in actual time. Neo-Verity was established. Robert Rauschenberg famously said he wanted to work in »


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