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  • “Douglas Gordon: The Only Way Out is the Only Way In”

    ACCA: Australian Center for Contemporary Art
    111 Sturt Street Southbank
    May 31–August 10, 2014

    Curated by Juliana Engberg

    It is sometimes difficult to recall that in the decade just before artists became fixated on the little screen’s splintering fields of information, what prevailed instead was an obsession with the big screen: immersive art installations offering a kind of high-end notation for phenomenological shifts happening throughout culture as digital technology took hold. Few artists are so crucial to this history as Douglas Gordon, whose landmark works lent pop iconicity to the editing of experience. This slender but astute survey will pair a recent effort with five others from the late 1990s, including Gordon’s signal piece, Pretty much every film and video work from about 1992 until now, 1999–, a transposition of the artist’s own video production from large-scale projection to an array of monitors that could be said to reflect on his past from a vantage yet to come.