I'm a Victim of This Song, 1995
, 5 min 6 s, colour, sound
Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
The Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist appropriates the song Wicked Game, by the American singer Chris Isaak, and what was originally a romantic performance imitating the archetypal crooner style of the 1950s becomes a hallucinogenic fantasia in which images from his personal diary are combined with psychedelic colours that lead the music into the realm of dreams and memory. The song is performed by the artist herself with her voice with the collaboration of one of her sons, who at times distorts his voice to extremes of horror.
Our Doublethink Double vision exhibition’s title alludes to George Orwell’s seminal work 1984 and presents a selection that includes Tracey Emin, Marcel Dzama, Anselm Kiefer, Bruce Nauman, Raymond Pettibon, and Thomas Ruff, as well as Turkish artists, tracing the steps of pluralistic thought through works of art.
Following the opening of his studio, “El Chark Societe Photographic,” on Beyoğlu’s Postacılar Caddesi in 1857, the Levantine-descent Pascal Sébah moves to yet another studio next to the Russian Embassy in 1860 with a Frenchman named A. Laroche, who, apart from having worked in Paris previously, is also quite familiar with photographic techniques.
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