New York

Andrea Geyer, Feeding the Ghost, 2019, slide projectors, projector stands, books, sandbags, furniture, lamps, 60-minute voice-over. Installation view.

Andrea Geyer

Hales Gallery | New York

For many viewers, the 35-mm slide projectors of Andrea Geyer’s Feeding the Ghost (all works 2019) evoked darkened college seminar rooms. Her use of multiple such devices was entirely consistent with the studious tone that they connote. In fact, Geyer’s project, shown as an installation at Hales Gallery, was originally presented as a performance lecture at Manhattan’s Dia Art Foundation in October 2018. It consisted of several functioning but empty projectors—some perched on stands, others teetering atop stacks of books—surrounded by wooden tables and chairs. It also featured an audio recording of Geyer describing the time she watched the late Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman perform an hour-long reading from her 1998 book A Family in Brussels at Dia in October 2001.

If this accumulation of nested references threatened to overwhelm, the effect was perhaps not entirely unintentional. Geyer’s

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