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James Turrell

Pace Wildenstein

While its coverage of last year’s presidential election was otherwise undistinguished, CNN scored over its rival networks in one memorable respect: Reporter Jessica Yellin claimed to be following in the tradition of Princess Leia as she was beamed into the studio from her real-world location at Barack Obama’s Chicago victory bash in the form of a life-size hologram. In its lavish pointlessness, the stunt was entirely consistent with the medium’s reputation as an invention in search of a use. While practical applications in fields including information storage and biomedical imaging have gradually emerged, holograms as a cultural phenomenon still bear the aura of gimmickry.

Perhaps immune to accusations of kitsch after a career that has seen him veer into New Age cliché with some regularity, James Turrell apparently sees no need to engage with holography’s reputation as a medium more beloved

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