Dorit Margreiter

Galerie Krobath Wimmer

To write for a primarily American readership about an exhibition by a European artist concerned with the commonplaces of American television presents a certain difficulty. Despite their worldwide dissemination through the media, the depicted cultures of high school, cheerleaders, or the Super Bowl, for example, are nonetheless very particular and cannot be quoted with the same self-assurance as they can within their own culture. On the other hand, our European understanding of American life is shaped in great part precisely by its clichéd reflection in the media.

In Dorit Margreiter’s video Short Hills, 1999, we see a teenage girl driving through one of those “typical” suburban neighborhoods to the accompaniment of typical TV background music, and so we anticipate that this scene will develop into an equally typical TV story. It is therefore disconcerting to discover that Short Hills is a

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