Carola Dertnig

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst

The last beats of the techno wave are finally fading out, and after watching countless videos of dancing artists in recent years, I wasn’t altogether eager to see Carola Dertnig’s recent exhibition, which was titled “Dancing with Remotes.” But it is only at first glance that the videos of this Austrian artist who lives in New York bear any relation to techno’s oft-celebrated theme: the withdrawal from the social into the private sensation of one’s own body merging with musical rhythms. What distinguishes Dertnig’s work from such privatisms are her subtly deployed references to social conditioning—an aspect of her work that appears in Dancing with Remotes, 1998 (the subject of her recent exhibition), but which was already apparent in the earlier, similarly titled Dancing with Remote, 1997.

Dancing with Remote shows Dertnig in her studio, dancing exaltedly to techno music, all the while

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