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Hirsch Perlman

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Hirsch Perlman’s project The Layman’s Practical Guide to Interrogation offers strategies for questioning others, including the one outlined in “Silent” Technique (all works 1992) whereby information is elicited simply by staring down one’s interlocutor. Large sheets of paper (later to be collected in book form), some framed and hanging on the walls and others spread out on a table for the viewer’s perusal, feature handwritten texts accompanied by loose gestural drawings that ostensibly illustrate those texts. The drawings depicting two people in conversation recall old detective movies: anonymous institutional settings, the private eye perched on the edge of his desk, the suspect or witness’ face viewed over the interrogator’s shoulder. Even when domestic trappings such as side tables and couches suggest more personal encounters, the grimaces, frowns, and anxious faces remind us that

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