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Keren Cytter

Thierry Goldberg Gallery

Keren Cytter, who lives in Berlin, pulls from film history for her work, usually in service to video, the medium for which she is best known (though she redirected the practice to text in her novel from last year, The seven most exciting hours of Mr. Trier’s life in twenty-four chapters, which draws from Lars von Trier’s The Kingdom). The two short videos in her exhibition at Thierry Goldberg refer most directly to Blowup and Dial M for Murder, though they also bring to mind a range of other subjects: soap operas, reality television, Godard, Fassbinder. But while Cytter’s videos explore particular and historic threads, they also, at times, appear irreverent of the past, showing the artist to be invested solely in ravenous experimentation.

Loosely based on the Julio Cortázar short story that inspired Blowup, Cytter’s video Les Ruissellements du Diable (The Devil’s Streams), 2008, opens with

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