Marco Poloni

Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris

There is always more than meets the eye(s) in Marco Poloni’s photos, videos, performances, and the multimedia setups he calls “observation devices” (dispositifs d’observation): All serve to confront us with our perceptual and conceptual blind spots. A particularly concise defense and illustration of the Poloni method is his ninety-second video Mister Locke, . . . , 2002, which dubs a voiceless FBI webcast of what may or may not be a suspected terrorist with an excerpt from the sound track of Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger (1975), where an African opposition leader turns the camera—and thereby turns the tables—on the reporter interviewing him (Mister Locke/Jack Nicholson) with the pronouncement, “Your questions are much more revealing about yourself than my answers will be about me.”

With AKA (Also Known As)—Script for a Short Film, 2002, the work presented in the Project Room at

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