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OPENINGS: RACHEL ROSE

Rachel Rose, Sitting Feeding Sleeping, 2013, HD video, color, sound, 9 minutes 49 seconds.

“THE JUNGLE IS BURNING / Zoo animals would die without you / And the degree to which you being here at the zoo means nothing is strong.” The convoluted meter of this line from New York–based artist Rachel Rose’s ten-minute video Sitting Feeding Sleeping, 2013, makes the unevenly Auto-Tuned voice of its speaker seem even more synthetic. If the piece were actually narrated by a computer, I would have zoned out and played with my phone. But rather than Siri’s familiar, stilted affect, this cyborg voice has human inflections. It belongs to Rose, who, despite having finished only three videos to date, has shown a preternatural ability to handle such vast topics as being, time, and death without lapsing into vague portentousness. On the contrary, the works are sensuous and subtle, phasing through discordant styles reinvented for each new project and each set of structural conditions

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