Los Angeles

Dan Graham and Mowry Baden

Otis Art Institute

Dan Graham has a considerable standing among video artists, but, from two works (Yesterday/Today and Present Continuous Pasts), at Otis Art Institute, it’s hard to see why. Could be it’s my inability to sympathize with the laboratory rat syndrome, wherein the spectator/participant is (condenscendingly) beckoned into a behaviorist cubicle, proffered another hoary ol’ time-space conundrum, and asked (by implication) to cogitate some more on the nature of consciousness. To be sure, the artist is shielded from self-exposure by appropriate, grant-application language:

Where the mirror psychologically fixes self-perception on an imagined ego seen by others, alienated from private consciousness and the experience of present behavior, an effect of videotape replay is to make perception of consciousness and experience contiguous. . . . On video the difference between intention and actual behavior

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