October 11, 2015

Armory UES

You can't miss the no-joke political import of Anderson's collaboration with onetime Guantánamo prisoner Mohammed el Gharani. As he is barred from entering the US, Anderson's use of "telepresence" to stream his image live into an Upper East Side venue serves a refreshingly clear conceptual purpose.
"Habeas corpus," we're told at the hall's entryway, means "you shall have the body". If a modern western government can't make good on this rule-of-law pillar, Anderson and Gharani will use digital technology to give us the next best thing.
Lit principally by a very slowly rotating disco ball, the vast interior of the Armory contains a larger-than-life sculpture of a throne and a seated occupant. (In a thoughtful essay published ahead of the exhibit, Anderson confirmed that viewers aren't wrong to think of the Lincoln Memorial.) Gharani's live image, shot from an undisclosed location in west Africa, is then projected on to the stage for the majority of each day's exhibition schedule.- [The Guardian]

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