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Doppelgänger exhibited at Careof // Organization for Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy. REWIND| British Artists' Video in the 1970s & 1980s

Doppelgänger exhibited at Careof // Organization for Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy. REWIND| British Artists' Video in the 1970s & 1980s

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Elaine Shemilt - Participant, 6 Oct 201214 Dec 2012

Doppelgänger (1979-81) 9:12 minutes.
Doppelgänger is a black & white video work which was recovered in 2011 by the REWIND artists' video project. It is regarded as an exemplary work from the early period of video art which can stand as a proxy for many works made by women artists across Europe. The vast majority of these works have been lost. Doppelgänger employs a number of motifs including the mirror, the artist's reflection, the female gaze against a performance of the artist applying make up to her reflection in the mirror. The work is also significant technically as it employs mixes and fades between the performance with the mirror and still images from the artists print works and installations, creating a complex collage. The soundtrack features a multi layered voice of a psychiatrist discussing schizophrenia.

The exhibition in Milan was the first international showing of the work in a group show curated by Stephen Partridge, Adam Lockart and Chiara Agnello. The full list of works is as follows:

David Critchley, Pieces I Never Did (3 Screen Version), 1979, 31’3’’
Peter Donebauer, Entering, 1974, 6’50’’
The Duvet Brothers, Multiscreen, 1986/2008, 23’38’’
John Latham, Nmutter, 1984, 6’55’’
Stephen Partridge, Interrun, 1989, 6’14’’
Elaine Shemilt, Doppelgänger, 1979-1981, 9’11’’
Various authors, Television Interventions, 1989-90

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