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Barbara Prokop & Larissa Fassler: "Art may imitate life, but life imitates T.V."

Access Artist-Run Centre, Vancouver
December 9, 2000 - January 20, 2000


Art may imitate life, but life imitates T.V. (1999),
Interactive Photo and Sound

"Art may imitate life, but life imitates T.V." is an interactive photography and sound installation that has been collaboratively produced by Barbara Prokop and Larissa Fassler. Four sets of boxes are mounted on the gallery wall in pairs placed at eye level. A full-body photograph of a person is mounted on the surface of each box, and each box emanates one-half of a conversation. The artists took scripts from four popular shows - Friends, Felicity, Dawsonís Creek and Party of Five - and used non-actors to re-record them. To hear the conversations, viewers position themselves between two boxes. When one box speaks the other answers, and the dialogues mirror the contrived conversations typical of television sitcoms and series. Prokop, who originally attended B.C.'s Kwantlen University College, met Fassler while the two women were doing BFA programs at Concordia in Montreal. This is one of six solo exhibits for Fassler in 2000, and the fifth one in collaboration with Prokop. The two artists reside in Berlin, Germany where they each have a lengthy record of public performances, installation projects and video production.

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