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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bored with Neverland

Not only is "Live from Neverland," Paul Pfeiffer's video installation, 10+ years too late, but it is technically shoddy as well. The exhibit takes place in two rooms at The Project gallery. In the first room is a soundless video of Michael Jackson's reading a statement about child molestation accusations. In the second connecting room, on a large film screen, a chorus of Filipino adults--who look like children--shout out his words. The film and video are in sync, so the Michael Jackson video is slowed, and M.J. is all digitally jerky. On top of that, the quality of the audio is horrendous. I was not able to understand a single, solitary word. The idea behind this installation is mildly interesting, but its execution is subpar. (Photo by Erma Estwick, Courtesy Paul Pfeiffer/The Project)