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Stan Douglas

Born, 1960 in Vancouver, Canada

From the archived Documenta 11 website: www.documenta12.de//archiv/d11/data/english/index.html

”Like many of his earlier works, Suspiria, reflects the state of things in a careful analysis of its own structure and of cinematographic language. In Suspiria, the structure of the televised image as it relates to surveillance techniques is analyzed. Douglas uses Dario Argento’s classic 1977 horror film, Suspiria, and fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, who lived in Kassel in the 19th century, as points of departure. The common denominator of these apparently disparate references is the idea of the “ghost” as employed in psychoanalytic discourse, but also in relation to the spectral figures who inhabit Argento’s film and Grimms’ tales. Douglas reminds us that the nature of the televised image is phantasmagoric. He aims to analyze the position of the contemporary subject in the face of the powerful control tool of late Capitalism, capable of instrumentalizing subjectivity to the point of rendering it ghostly, severing it even from its own timelessness.

On September 3, 2015, caa.reviews published a review, written by Katie Anania, of

León Krempel, ed. Stan Douglas: Mise en scène Exh. cat. New York: Prestel, 2014. 208 pp.; 130 color ills.; 349 b/w ills. Cloth $60.00 (9783791353470)

Exhibition schedule: Haus der Kunst, Munich, June 20October 12, 2014; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, June 6September 20, 2015

www.caareviews.org/reviews/2507#.V5JPOI5FCZC

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