In Lewis Carroll’s 1871 sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,
Alice traverses a mirror above her drawing-room fireplace to enter the
“Looking-glass House.” Once there she discovers a chamber that is both
familiar and bizarre — a place identical in dimension to the humdrum
parlor she has departed, but where chess pieces frolic and poems are
written in reverse.
During the installation of her new show I surrender, dear
at downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center, Moscow-born/New York-based
artist Dasha Shishkin and I discussed a range of issues, including the
possibility that she might be a witch.
When I first caught wind of Spectacle: The Music Video,
opening Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center downtown, I felt like I
was heading over to Steve’s all over again. The new exhibition explores the music video’s past and present while
considering its future through a series of artifacts, photos, immersive
environments and literally hundreds of music videos.