London

Stephan Dillemuth and Nils Norman

Vilma Gold

As the video I’m Short, Your House, 2007, closes, a voice tells us that today, “Not only do works of art end up as commodities, but there is also an overwhelming sense in which works of art start off as commodities.” The quote is from the Australian conceptual artist Ian Burn, but on-screen, the source of the voice seems to be a shadow in the shape of an animal head, made by a hand. Stephan Dillemuth and Nils Norman use simple means to create a caricatured realm akin to Karl Marx’s “inverted world where Mr. Capital and Madame Real Estate dance their macabre dance.” The setting of the video is the artworld stage: The jackal-like shadow, which appears throughout the piece, is silhouetted against the pavement in a rapidly gentrifying section of East London, until recently one of the city’s poorest areas, where many galleries—including Vilma Gold—are currently clustered. In repeated

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