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Philippe Parreno & Rirkrit Tiravanija, Stories are Propaganda

Friedrich Petzel Gallery (535 West 22nd)
535 West 22nd Street, 212-680-9467
Chelsea
March 23 - April 21, 2007
Reception: Friday, March 23, 6 - 8 PM
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Based on thoughts and memories that arose during a trip to China, Stories are Propaganda was shot in Guangzhou (Canton), China’s third most populous metropolitan area, in the summer of 2005. The 8 minute and 40 second long film consists of a series of unrelated scenes shown in quick succession – a TV show, an albino rabbit, a snowman made of sand – which reveal the artists’ thoughts in a stream-of-consciousness technique. The voice of a child wistfully recalling days past narrates the film, infusing it with a strangely melancholic tone: ”...before you could get an espresso in Hamburg or Milwaukee…when people walked on the moon and snow covered London for weeks during Christmas time…A time when things were not weird, but strange, and then they were really strange.”

The film begins with the sentence: “This is a journey through an infinite urban landscape,” and it can be argued that the film is a journey through the collaborators’ thoughts about experiences, distinctness and displacement. In the installation the dated codes of the cinema – a manually operated red velvet curtain – are immediately contradicted by the title sprayed directly onto the curtain. At the end of the film, the curtain is drawn, and the viewer leaves with a head full of images, stories and memories.

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