new-york

Muntadas

Kent Fine Arts

The stadium provides the thematic conceit around which Catalan artist Muntadas organized his quasi-architectural installation entitled Stadium V, 1990. The fifth version of a project that has been installed in various cities, the structure consists of an oval of columns spaced so closely that one cannot pass between them; on the floor within the colonnade, a circular projection like the light beam of an oculus shows films of spectators’ faces as they respond to unseen performances. Moving around the periphery, one is bombarded by slide-projected words and images, as well as fragments of speeches, music, and applause blaring from loudspeakers. For Muntadas, the stadium is a locus of social and political manipulation; spectators are constrained within specific spaces and their behavior reduced to uniform responses to ideologically charged “entertainment,” ranging from pro football to political

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