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Lucy Gunning

Matt's Gallery

The last decade or so has seen a tremendous flowering of video-and film-based work by English artists—one thinks of Tacita Dean, Tracey Emin, Isaac Julien, Steve McQueen, Georgina Starr, Gillian Wearing, and Jane and Louise Wilson, among others. Lucy Gunning is the equal of any of them, so it’s a mystery why her international profile has never been quite as high. Her new video installation Esc, 2004, is a triptych. On a monitor hanging from the ceiling one sees, first of all, the spectacle of a roomful of people shaking and twitching. They are not undergoing some kind of fit or seizure, as it might well have seemed in the case of a single individual, but are in fact practitioners of qi gong, a Chinese system for cultivating and stimulating the flow of energy through the body. Each had his or her own posture (arms raised up as if in jubilation or held tightly in front; closed eyes facing

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