New York

Jane and Louise Wilson

303 Gallery

MTV meets the postmodern fragment—it’s a mode of practice that has become dominant in video installation. Multiple channels matched with wraparound sound, gorgeous image quality, and lots of hightech presentation hardware make for superlative theatricality that points toward the 4-D simulators and fully immersive environments poised to enhance gallery/museum/entertainment complexes in the very near future.

In lieu of tomorrow’s total illusionism, current installation protocol among artists including Doug Aitken, Shirin Neshat, and others calls for heavily edited footage of exotic locales and clusters of screens to suggestively transport viewers to another reality. Whether it’s the abandoned headquarters of the former secret police in East Berlin or a vast, sheltering desert in Kazakhstan, the intensity of place overlaid with historical or sociopolitical significance kindles myriad

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