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Olivier Mosset/Cady Noland

Museum für Gegenwartskunst, mit Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung

There has been little new to see in Europe from Cady Noland since her remarkable contribution to Documenta IX in 1992. For that event, she produced Towards a Metalanguage of Evil, a collage-based installation around the topic of psychopaths, in which she included the text of the eponymous essay she wrote in 1987 and work by colleagues from Sherrie Levine to Steven Parrino. In the essay, Noland elaborates at great length on the strategies of the psychopath. These include the “information hunt,” a tactic that allows the psychopath to better manipulate his prey; “the mirror device,” in which he “cynically fashions his tastes and judgments to accord with those of [the intended victim]”; and “reconfiguration,” a stage during which the psychopath, having realized that a particular setup is not going to work, must wait “until a shift occurs which makes the environment more adaptable to his plans.”

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