Gretchen Bender 'Total Recall' (1987) Photo ©Tate

Gretchen Bender
Total Recall
Kelvin Hall
1445 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AW
24 Apr — 10 May 2020
Fri 24 April – Sun 10 May Mon – Sun, 10 am – 6 pm
This exhibition was due to take place during Glasgow International 2020, 23 April – 10 May, which has been postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis. The festival will be re-staged in 2021 with dates to be announced.

As part of the Pictures Generation (a group of 1970s New York media artists), pioneering US artist Gretchen Bender (1951-2004) questioned the politics of entertainment and mass media products. Early on, in the 1980s, her works offered an outlook upon the coming revolution of the digital and its multiple impacts upon contemporary culture: accelerated globalisation; increasing levels of surveillance; the corporate production of desire; and the 24/7 newsfeed culture we experience today.

Total Recall (1987) is a monumental multi-channel video installation. It assembles twenty-four stacked TV monitors and three projection screens to present a compelling eighteen-minute performance of moving images. Sourced from US TV commercials as well as Hollywood films, the footage is edited to a rapid beat in order to create a pulsing stream of visual over-stimulation. Bender’s work, presented in Scotland for the first time, is a truly immersive experience that critically reflects on the power of media.

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