Branden W. Joseph

Martin Beck, An Organized System of Instructions, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 48 minutes 50 seconds.

ENTERING MARTIN BECK’S EXHIBITION “rumors and murmurs,” curated by Matthias Michalka at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, you were implicitly presented with two routes. Taking a swift right before the almost imperceptibly subtle fabric wall rumors and murmurs (Polygon), 2012/2017, and continuing into the smaller galleries behind the stairwell, one came upon what almost appeared to be a conventional midcareer retrospective. From there, one proceeded past An Organized System of Instructions, 2016, a videotaped lecture from Beck’s project at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts in Cambridge, Massachusetts; toward all that is left, 2015/2017, a freestanding wall painted with a graduated color “fade,” first exhibited at 47 Canal in New York; and on to About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe, 2007, a video installation revolving around

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