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1000 WORDS: JENNIFER ALLORA AND GUILLERMO CALZADILLA

For even the best-traveled viewer of contemporary art, the collaborative team of Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla would seem to have made a startlingly abrupt entrance onto the international art-world stage. In just the past two years, they have appeared in “Common Wealth” at Tate Modern and “How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age” at the Walker Art Center (both 2003), as well as Dak’Art: The Biennial of African Contemporary Art (2004); this summer, they will contribute to the Venice Biennale. But Allora and Calzadilla first joined forces in 1997 with a piece whose poetic and political sensibility still inflects their projects today: Charcoal Dance Floor, an ephemeral drawing in which figures blur into Baconesque abstraction as audiences walk across its surface until only dust and, ominously, branded (Nike, Adidas, etc.) footprints remain. The interactive piece was,

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