New York

Hannah Black, Beginning, End, None, 2017/2019, three-channel video installation, color, sound, 10 minutes 22 seconds. Installation view. Photo: Da Ping Luo.

Hannah Black

Performance Space New York

The five large screens of Hannah Black’s video installation Beginning, End, None—a new iteration of a work from 2017—were suspended from the ceiling of the long, darkened gallery. They formed an austere procession of loosely edited montages, assembled from images of motes, slowly churning like stardust: ghostly computer-generated architectural renderings, scientific illustrations, a scorpion illuminated by a UV flashlight, and other found or casually shot material. While the configuration lent the space a hallowed ambience and gave the fragmented work a sense of order, it also had a disquieting effect: Whatever your position in Black’s stripped-down maze at any given moment—even if you lingered at the edge of the room, trying to keep as many screens in view as possible—you were missing most of the action, including, maybe, that crucial image or phrase that would snap the drifting pieces

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