Diana Thater: Between Science and Magic


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Diana Thater: Between Science and Magic explores the work of Influential film and video artist Diana Thater. Claude Levi-Strauss wrote that ''... art lies half-way between scientific knowledge and mythical or magical thought.'' Thater took Levi-Strauss's idea a few steps further in the installation piece documented in this exhibition catalog/artist book. The piece--created expressly for the Santa Monica Museum of Art--is based on an iconic illusion, a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

Famed magician Greg Wilson performs the trick again and again; he was first filmed doing the illusion in a studio, then Thater screened the footage in the lavish, Art Deco Los Angeles Theater, and re-filmed the projection. In layer upon visual layer, using multiple points of view and multi-layered sound, Thater makes an absorbing film within a film within a film. 

- Hardcover
- 56 pages, 10.5 x 8.4 x 0.5 in.
- Illustrated throughout in color
- 2010

SKU: 18663

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