Magazine article Artforum International

Fischerspooner. (Reviews)

Magazine article Artforum International

Fischerspooner. (Reviews)

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DEITCH PROJECTS

Pop music is Fischerspooner's prime metier. Their song "Emerge" is a club hit; they have signed with Ministry of Sound, a London record label, for a reported [pounds sterling]2 million (around $2.9 million); and they are being marketed via the music press. So where's the art connection?

Perhaps it's context: Their recent performance was funded by Jeffrey Deitch and mounted in his gallery and--voila--here's the review in an art magazine. There is also the issue of pedigree, credentials: Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner met a decade ago at the Art Institute of Chicago. This doesn't necessarily make them artists (members of bands from the Beatles to Talking Heads to R.E.M. did time in art schools). But it does put things in perspective: Fischerspooner is different from most bands, primarily because their music is secondary to almost everything else they do.

Fischerspooner's performances here included a full cast dancing, singing, and lip-synching along to an hour's worth of adequate electropop. Between (and sometimes during) songs the performers bantered about physical problems, mistakes, and postshow social engagements. During a ballad, Spooner sat in the twilight of a gallery platform (his image projected on the walls) drinking Veuve Clicquot from the bottle and complaining about his costume. In another song, a man in a suit (Jeremiah Clancy, a core member of the troupe) appeared onstage and moved the dancers around, manipulating them like mannequins in a department-store window.

The show began with video images of the performers as they prepared, projected on three huge screens around the gallery and bringing the backstage action front and center. …

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