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Klub Zwei

Neue Galerie Graz

In this exhibition, one could choose between a “film program” that included movies by John Cassavetes and Ridley Scott, among others, and a “TV program” that consisted of Klub Zwei’s film Hotel Room Movie, 1995, and reedited material from television. The opening scene of the television program in which a director comes on stage and apologizes for the delay is taken from Opening Night, 1978. This is immediately followed by an excerpt from a recent American advertisement for cheap costume jewelry. While the “golden” earring appears in the image, the “decorative plastic components” are praised in the voice-over advocating the beautification of the Russian everyday. It only becomes clear in the following segment that the audiotape has nothing to do with the simultaneous videotape. The confusing mixture of visual and audio effects, and of images drawn from American and Russian popular culture,

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