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Animal Magnetism

May 2, 1997 - June 7, 1997

Year 1998

Chris Woods enjoys a reputation as an accomplished draughtsman and producer of experimental audio and video. Animal Magnetism unites these interests in a panoramic installation of 100 black and white television sets with over painted screens.

The interplay between indistinct video sequences glimpsed through screens of painted talking heads, and a generic audio track, generates an effect similar to “snow.” Staged in this manner, television becomes a source of light and sound and a surface on which images freeze, rather than endlessly replacing one another. The viewer surveying this scene becomes the principal actor and provider of content.