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KEREN CYTTER

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KEREN CYTTER: DREAMTALK AT THIERRY GOLDBERG PROJECTS, MAY 17 - JUNE 17, 2007


THIERRY GOLDBERG PROJECTS is pleased to present DREAMTALK, the first New York exhibition of the celebrated artist, filmmaker and author Keren Cytter. The show will include two of Cytter’s groundbreaking videos, Atmosphere and Dreamtalk.

Part auteur part amateur, Cytter pays homage to French New-Wave Cinema, Dogme films, and reality TV with a rough immediacy and poetic lingering. All else seeming secondary, the script is always at the core of her working process. The two pieces are filled with dialogue, but how much of it actually registers between the characters is another matter. The poly-vocal narration heightens the sense of detachment with each character carrying on his/her own internal dialogue, depicting a great disconnect between each other. This sense of vacancy, her intentional use of bad acting and single takes make for a brutally honest and wry portrait of romance, however banal. Talking about her work Cytter says: “When the script is finished, everything’s supposed to be clear . . . When I’m on the set, I’m like a bookkeeper; I [strictly] follow the script and try to follow what I was thinking about when I wrote it.” In her clarity and precision, she offers an unflinching focus on the dynamics of relationships, what thoughts are hidden and which are expressed.

Full of contradictions, Atmosphere and Dreamtalk are elusive as they are blunt. Dreamtalk presents an ironic love triangle involving a couple and their male friend. The friend desires the girl, but she is loyal to her boyfriend, and he is seemingly obsessed with Sandra, a character on a TV reality-show. Atmosphere is also about a love triangle, centering on two women who live together and appear to be involved with the same man. The characters position against each other, competing. Parroting the reality TV show in Dreamtalk, the remaining couple asks themselves in the last moments, “Who is the looser, who is the winner?” So, what is happiness, what is resolution, and what is emotion? Keren Cytter’s work raises all these questions presenting the viewer with a situation of a constant present where memory is being claimed in the midst of an unknown future.


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Images : KEREN CYTTER, video still from Dreamtalk, 2005.


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