Sean Snyder

De Appel

Because his works often deal with globalization and contemporary urbanism, Sean Snyder is sometimes expected to come up with clear-cut statements and slogans. His latest solo exhibition demonstrated his determination to frustrate such hopes. Analepsis, 2004, is a silent montage of re-establishing shots and sequence shots from TV news programs; static takes, pans, zooms, and aerial shots pass in a strange parade, with no clues as to the stories the footage was meant to illustrate. The triumph of visibility creates blankness, a database of visual clichés lacking the semblance of meaning usually added to such footage in the form of verbal rhetoric.

Some of the works shown at De Appel were fragments of larger projects, such as the two-sided video projection that is part of the series “Bucharest—Pyongyang,” 2001–. On one side of the screen, images taken from official North Korean films about

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