Thursday, April 1, 2010

review of Zoosphere at Diverse Works

I wrote a review of Zoosphere, the video installation by Allison Hunter that is up at Diverse Works. Please do me a favor and check it out. It's up at

My review is short and not too sweet. I thought about comparing the installation to The Invention of Morel, but thought it might be too obscure a reference. In this novel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, a man trapped on an island sees tourists to the island. He hides from them, but as he observes them, he falls in love with one of them. But ultimately, he realizes that they are holograms stuck in a loop. Realizing that he will die, he records himself interacting with the holograms, so that even after death his realistic simulacrum will continue to live on--with his lover. His copy will be happier than he was. It's a prescient precursor to post-modernism. If you see Zoosphere, you will see why it popped into my mind.

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