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Just back from Dokumenta11, Kassel Germany. With few exceptions, works tended toward heavy-handed didacticism and exemplified an old-school multicultural political agenda. All this was the predictable result of the process-heavy path of so-called “platforms” that had led there over the past five years. Disturbing trends: artists pretending to be anthropologists, the return of text heavy, social/political “art” and so-called video installations that are nothing more than screening rooms for videos being projected on a wall. Watch for my upcoming (and a bit less ornery) rundown.

- Ella Delaney [Wednesday, June 12th, 2002]

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