Chicago

Susan Giles

Kavi Gupta Gallery | Washington Blvd

The recent appearance of endless hours of amateur video documenting last year’s Southeast Asian tsunami has provided numerous examples of precisely the kind of imagery that fascinates artist Susan Giles—not for the firsthand encounters with destruction but for the boring and generic moments that drift by immediately beforehand, the kind of casual establishing shots that vacationers seem compelled to record (and which they usually accompany with inane commentary).

For her video projection Glitches, Hitches, and Hiccups 2, 2004, Giles extracted a few minutes from over fifty hours of such material, culled from the archives of numerous camera-happy international travelers, and the moments she selects are often disarmingly pathetic and funny. We are treated to highlights from an out-of-focus video of street musicians; the record of someone holding a camera upside down while walking down the

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