Mark Leckey, BigBoxStatueAction, 2003/2011. Performance view, May 12, 2011.

Mark Leckey

Serpentine Galleries

Mark Leckey, BigBoxStatueAction, 2003/2011. Performance view, May 12, 2011.

On entering Mark Leckey’s exhibition “See, We Assemble,” visitors encountered the show’s video “trailer.” Before a video-production green screen sat an upturned speaker cone filled with puttylike cornstarch dyed the same bright color. Sound emanated from the speaker, causing it to vibrate and gradually solidifying the material—thus announcing a leitmotif that would run throughout the exhibition: physical transformations brought about through unseen forces. In the video, a Samsung logo drifts across slowly, made surreal by an electrical thrumming. Next, still images consciously depict various layers of mediated remove: The nearby Albert Memorial is seen first in situ, then against a green screen, then as an online publicity image. A Fiorucci advertisement appears, then a Henry Moore exhibition poster; then both are shown being photographed with a Samsung smartphone. The trailer

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