Yesterday I spent about an hour sitting on the floor at the Art Gallery of NSW taking in Ms&Mr’s stunning, melancholy XEROX MISSIVE 1977/2011. I can’t remember ever being so moved by a video installation.
“Blending reality and fiction, this mesmerising video installation fabricates an implausible and uncanny exchange between the late, infamous science fiction author Phillip K Dick and his fifth ex-wife Tessa. The work by collaborative duo Ms&Mr uses fragments of sound and footage appropriated from a speech Dick made in 1977 and a subsequent interview, which have been manipulated and combined with extracts from a recent interview with Tessa conducted by the artists at her home in California.”
Such a subtle and careful work was particularly refreshing after slogging my way through the John Kaldor Family Collection where the only bright spots where Francis Alys’ wonderful Railings, Nam June Paik’s TV Buddha and Bill Viola’s Bodies of Light. Otherwise, too many big names that seemed to shout their presence and ego: Christo, Koons, Gilbert & George and LeWitt.