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Karina Nimmerfall, Double Location (The Ambassador Hotel), 2008/2011, sculptural three-channel video installation, mixed media. Installation view.

Karina Nimmerfall

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Karina Nimmerfall, Double Location (The Ambassador Hotel), 2008/2011, sculptural three-channel video installation, mixed media. Installation view.

Berlin-based Austrian artist Karina Nimmerfall, who spent the past year teaching at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, delivered her “take” on Los Angeles via her three-channel video installation Double Location (The Ambassador Hotel), 2008/2011, just days before returning to Germany this fall. Focusing on the exceptional zone that emerges where the virtual space of film/television overlaps with the worldly dimension in which LA residents actually exist, she may well not have been able to craft this work anywhere but here. After all, LA remains the epicenter of the spectacle economy in the public imagination, whether or not it really is anymore.

The work’s title is telling, since filmic locations “double” no less than actors do, as both filmmakers Pat O’Neill (The Decay of Fiction) and Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself) have previously articulated. And if

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