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Ms&Mr: XEROX MISSIVE 1977/2011

December 8, 2011toFebruary 5, 2012



AGNSW contemporary project

  • 8 December 2011 – 5 February 2012 
  • Admission free

Collaborative duo Ms&Mr present a mesmerising new work for the AGNSW Contemporary Projects series that blends reality with fiction. Using this ambiguity as a starting point, their multi-channel video installation XEROX MISSIVE 1977/2011 reflects on the nature of time and the potential of archives as catalysts for generating alternate versions of history.

XEROX MISSIVE 1977/2011 fabricates a dialogue between the late, infamous science fiction author Philip K Dick and his one-time muse and fifth wife Tessa. The work uses fragments of sound and footage appropriated from a speech Dick made in 1977 and a subsequent interview, which have been manipulated and combined with extracts from a recent interview with Tessa conducted by the artists at her home in California.

On various occasions and most vividly while he and Tessa were associated, Dick claimed to have witnessed paranormal phenomena – moments when his life and the imaginary worlds of his novels coincided. XEROX MISSIVE 1977/2011 explores this notion of multiple intersecting realities. Through the characters’ implausible and uncanny exchange, the artists collapse moments across time and space, framing the screen-world of the artwork as an alternative reality that is pervaded by considerations of death, paranoia, faith and confusion.

XEROX MISSIVE 1977/2011 continues Ms&Mr’s process of intervening in accounts of the past by reworking home-movies, childhood drawings and other residual traces. While the artists have used this process extensively to modify records of their own histories, recently they have begun augmenting material sourced from beyond their personal archives.

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney


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