Review from Ballettanz April 2006
Doppelgänger is an exhibition comprising four screens, showing people
looking at art and at themselves. Each of the four images is presented
in duplicate, to be viewed (optionally) through glasses that blend the
images weirdly into one with an awkward 3d feel. The layered and swollen,
stereoscopic image and flickery stop-motion effect (made from thousands
of still photographs) heighten the artists' ungainly, staged style - as
if a human being is always a faulty performance, a plastic projection of
a certain belief or action.
"Doppelgänger" exhibited at New Art Gallery Walsall until
23rd April takes the British artists' ongoing fascination with 2 and
one step further, while rendering an innocent visit to the art gallery
an absurd, confusing game of human assertions and denials. "No,
I never!" bleats one character into her mobile phone, while others
reach for and arrange themselves in the mirror, or obediently bow down
the art on the walls.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book and dvd, "Anarchic
with critical essays by a range of leading dance artists and theorists
including Sondra Fraleigh, Sherril Dodds, Carol Brown and Aggiss and Cowie
themselves, available at www.routledge.co.uk.
With honesty and directness, the artists explain how they work, and the
influences upon it, while others provide insightful analysis and context.
Academic perceptions are seriously and accessibly brought to bear on
the output of Aggiss and Cowie's more than 20 year collaboration - deconstructing
and discussing it in terms of feminism, hybridity, Expressionism, the "grotesque",
abstraction and narrative, linguistic play and addressing the multiple
and playful textures that define it: sound, space, shape, language.
Lizzy Le Quesne