How Not To Be Seen: At Tate Modern last week this was the work of the new hang that really stood out for me, for its combination of reality and humour. Her installation explores todays ‘world made of pictures’ and how and why we might hide within it.
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How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Dichotic Educational 2013 borrows the format of an educational video. He works across video and installations as well as delivering performative lectures and she appears in this work as a performer.
This video flips playfully between the ‘real world’ and digital recreations. This visually disorientating mix contrasts with the blandly authoritative automated voice delivering advice for ‘how to become invisible’. Settings include a virtual reality tour of a gated community and a desert site covers in huge patterns used to focus areoplane surveillance cameras echoed in the layout of the benches in front of the screen here. Her work addresses recent developments in the way digital images are created, shared and archived, it also refers to the ‘disappearance’ of political radicals that has taken places under dictatorships across the world and the cultural invisibility of women. The work balances criticism and humour showing how ‘not being seen’ has both oppressive and liberating possibilities.