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Bull.Miletic, Par Hasard, 2009, still from a black-and-white video, 5 minutes 15 seconds.

Bull.Miletic

Anglim Gilbert Gallery

Bull.Miletic, Par Hasard, 2009, still from a black-and-white video, 5 minutes 15 seconds.

For the past decade, Oslo-based artists Synne Bull (Norwegian) and Dragan Miletic (Yugoslavian) have been working together as Bull.Miletic, producing film- and video-based installations that link the mediating effect of cinema with urban spaces. At Paule Anglim, the former San Francisco residents placed the Eiffel Tower and its Parisian environs at the center of their exhibition, “Mise en abyme.” Visible from the gallery entrance, the iconic French landmark seduces, cast as the protagonist of Par Hasard, 2009, a single-channel video depicting the turn-of-the century marvel in all its evening glory. The piece begins with side-by-side shots of the tower in which (à la Pierre Huyghe’s Les Grands Ensembles, 1994/2001) the two edifices speak to each other via pulsing lights: NON, LE PASSÉ EST FANTASTIQUE (No, the past is fantastic), one declares in Morse code; NON, L’AVENIR EST

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