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Candice Breitz, Artist, Berlin

From A to B and Back Again


October 19, 2009; 105 Minutes; Audio

Should an art audience be suspicious of works of art that open themselves up to popular cultural content? Do explorations of screen life affirm or undermine the commodity structure of mainstream entertainment? Are copyleft strategies legitimate or objectionable? How is the artist’s relationship with the subjects that she kidnaps as found footage or those she films herself in studio settings mediated by the technological display formats? Candice Breitz fields such questions and speaks about her recent works, including Working Class Hero (A Portrait of John Lennon) and Mother, two multi-channel video installations featured in a monographic exhibition of her work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.