Boston and New York

Thomas Hirschhorn

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston/Gladstone Gallery, New York

GLOBALIZATION TYPICALLY CONNOTES the free circulation of capital and information across geographical boundaries. Thomas Hirschhorn knows better. His vision of globalization drags information through the mud: Images are humiliated, subject to cheap Xerox reproduction, rough mounting on cardboard, and ostensibly haphazard composition. This representational idiom rebuts the happy world of network connectivity envisioned by Microsoft or Google with a pestilential mess in which pictures engulf the viewer like sludge. Hirschhorn is a fan of Gilles Deleuze, but unlike many of the philosopher’s academic acolytes in the United States who use terms like deterritorialization and reterritorialization abstractly, he enacts such processes formally, causing the streams of images included in two recent exhibitions, “Utopia, Utopia = One World, One War, One Army, One Dress” at the Institute of Contemporary

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