Lisbon

James Coleman

MNAC: Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado

James Coleman’s show combined a retrospective dimension—ranging from the historic Pump, 1972, and Playback of a Daydream, 1974, to mature works like Lapsus Exposure, 1992–94, and Charon (MIT Project), 1989, an extraordinary reflection on the nature of photography as a medium and the complexity of its aesthetic and sociopolitical role in contemporary life—with the premiere of a new work, –horoscopus, 2004–2005. Two television monitors placed side by side showed people engaged in conversation. Sometimes one image took up the entire screen, usually in close-up. At other times the screen was split into quadrants, with each window showing a different image or none at all. Vertical speakers installed in the middle of the room allowed us to hear the conversations, some in English, some in French. Lasting close to an hour and divided into six segments, –horoscopus features two major and several

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