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Ann Lislegaard

Murray Guy

“The miracle of order has run out,” a woman says in mellifluous tones, “and I am left in an unmiraculous place where anything may happen.” The sentence occurs in the voice-over of Ann Lislegaard’s computer animation Bellona (after Samuel R. Delany), 2005. The eleven-minute loop depicts a series of interiors that seem to fulfill Italian designer Joe Colombo’s 1960s vision of a domestic future in which “furnishings will disappear; the habitat will be everywhere.” The rooms are almost entirely empty, save for a few doors that lean against the walls and some hanging globe lamps that give this strange dwelling a retro-futuristic feel—like the set of 2001 if it had been designed by Verner Panton. Vivid colors bleed into one another: green fades to yellow, rich purples give way to vibrant reds. Floors and walls are shiny and reflective to the point where they might be mistaken for windows looking

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