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AFTER EFFECTS: THE ART OF ANJA KIRSCHNER AND DAVID PANOS

Anja Kirschner and David Panos, He Doesn’t Know You Don’t Love Him, 2011, stills from a two-channel color video, 33 minutes. From the installation Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances, 2011.

ALTHOUGH ANJA KIRSCHNER AND DAVID PANOS’S 2009 video The Last Days of Jack Sheppard is set in the early 1720s, its chaotic mise-en-scène is a familiar one. We are in London in the wake of a financial boom fueled by contagious speculation. Fortunes have been made virtually overnight, although a subsequent stock market crash has just as speedily vaporized them. Inequality in the distribution of wealth is extreme, but social mobility is also, for a few, increasing—controversial celebrities transfix the public, their antics popularized in part by new technologies that circulate information at unprecedented speed.

Indeed, Jack Sheppard leaves no doubt about the similarities between our own time and the disorienting swirl of Georgian England—the dawning era of financialization and the moment of its first major wobble. The time and place of the London-based artist duo’s lavishly

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