Jane and Louise Wilson

Lisson Gallery | 27 Bell Street | London

The conventions are those of a horror movie. Noises are a little too loud, a little too clear, like the sound of footsteps echoing behind a threatened heroine, footsteps that may be those of the murderer—or are they just her own? Doors suddenly close, apparently of their own volition. A poltergeist? Or, perhaps more frightening yet, the invisible yet still menacing specter of the national security state?

The melodramatic note is mostly mine; Gamma, 1999, the new video-projection work by British artists Jane and Louise Wilson, is in part notable for the formal discipline that keeps its creepy overtones always in mind but always in check. Gamma is clearly a companion piece to their earlier Stasi City, 1997. (They are also showing some related photographs and sculpture, but the four-screen projection is the heart of the recent exhibition.) Both video works were possible to make only because

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