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Liz Magic Laser, The Thought Leader, 2015, video, color, sound, 9 minutes 22 seconds. Alex Ammerman.

Liz Magic Laser

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Liz Magic Laser, The Thought Leader, 2015, video, color, sound, 9 minutes 22 seconds. Alex Ammerman.

Over the past five years, Liz Magic Laser has become known for bringing into critical view—through performance, video, and, increasingly, installation and sculpture—the aesthetic codes of public discourse, both rhetorical and choreographic. By illuminating the intellectual and emotional manipulation at play in political speech, TV newscasting, and corporate-focus groupthink, she proposes a model of institutional critique that treats the performance of public discourse as the immaterial cornerstone of American democracy-cum-oligarchy.

The videos and sculptures featured in Laser’s second Los Angeles solo show advanced a poetic strain of this project, which mines historical theatrical and literary works whose themes resonate with the artist’s contemporary concerns. Earlier works sourced text from Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (Absolute Event, 2013) and Sartre’s No Exit (In

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