New York

Margia Kramer

Whitney Museum of American Art

Margia Kramer also traffics in well-trodden terrain, but the strength of presentation, or the information compiled, lends moving power to her work. Progress (Memory) is a three-monitor video installation dealing with the distribution and control of information through advanced technology. Each monitor occupies a separate space, or sphere of activity, determined by the parameters of an oblong hooked rug. One screen is “driven” by an individual peddling a stationary bicycle; a second, featuring computerized music, is activated by a viewer seated on a piano bench; in the third space—a somewhat homey scene—a standing lamp rests beside a monitor displaying a tape of a crawling baby manipulating household utensils. Spotlights illuminate the black-painted room, its walls marked by bars of music. This music—“bits” of computerized Bach—also appears on the second monitor screen.

Two of the monitors

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