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Freelance Stenographer

SINCE THE START of its media restoration project, The Kitchen has evolved from an artists’ collective and nonprofit performance space into a vast archive of some five thousand videotapes, five hundred audiotapes, and more recent material captured on digital video. As a home for various distribution mechanisms and artistic practices, The Kitchen seemed a perfect site for the dispersion strategies of Seth Price and Kelley Walker, in Freelance Stenographer, 2007, their first collaborative project. After all, here was not just a particular set of artworks to reproduce and redistribute but a mechanism—in fact, an institution—designed to do just that. In this sense, the pair’s work was a kind of mirrorlike recording device inserted inside an avant-garde theater.

Appropriately, then, it was hard to tell where the piece began and where it ended. One evening this past March, the audience filed into

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