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Meredith Danluck, Good News/Bad News, 2013, two-channel HD-video projection, color, sound, 13 minutes 3 seconds.

Meredith Danluck

Leslie Fritz

Meredith Danluck, Good News/Bad News, 2013, two-channel HD-video projection, color, sound, 13 minutes 3 seconds.

In Good News/Bad News (all works 2013), a two-channel video by Meredith Danluck, fifteen actors answer a telephone. The first channel, projected on one wall, shows the performers reacting to good news, while the second channel, projected on an adjacent wall, shows them reacting to bad. In each iteration, the script is roughly the same: A phone rings, an actor answers it, says “Hello?” and “Yes? Yes! Yes!”—or “No! Oh, no, no, no”—then, “Thank you,” and hangs up. After that, another performer appears, and it all happens again.

The scenes take place in an anonymous room. It is dully illuminated by a single lamp and by light weakly filtering through slats of vertical blinds. There’s a dresser, an anodyne painting, two chairs flanking an end table, and a telephone. The actors are dressed nicely, even formally. No clues are given about the contents of the phone call (though

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