Magazine article Artforum International

Barbara London

Magazine article Artforum International

Barbara London

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BARBARA LONDON IS ASSOCIATE CURATOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDIA AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK.

1 Tekkon kinkreet (Michael Arias; Studio 4[degrees]C) In this feature-length anime, a raven ominously soars across Tokyo's vast skies before diving down to saunter along the streets of a ramshackle old neighborhood, where good and evil mesmerizingly play out to the tune of progress.

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2 The Road to Mount Weather (Cliff Evans; Location One, New York) With a pinch of Hieronymus Bosch and another of William S. Burroughs, Evans's three-channel video installation brilliantly portrays twenty-first-century phobias in this up-to-the-minute version of purgatory.

3 Digital Video Effect: "Editions" (Seth Price) Sampling his own limited-edition media work, which is itself composed of snippets of images grabbed from the Web and from other artists' videos, Price wittily questions the meaning of originality and collectibility in a "modestly" priced, roiling ten-minute video that should last through the ages.

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4 8 BIT (Marcin Ramocki and Justin Strawhand) A first feature that is part rock-umentary, part art expose, and part culture-critical investigation, 8 BIT cleverly ties together 1980s phenomena of the demo scene, chip-tune music, and artists using "machinima" and modified computer games.

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5 The Music of Regret (Laurie Simmons) Derring-do by a veteran artist perhaps best known for her uncanny photographs of dolls, The Music of Regret brings Simmons's characters to life in an unforgettable three-act minimusical. …

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