March 9 – May 1, 2004
Artists: Blake Rayne, Carlos Motta, Dee Williams, Gareth James, Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon, Carten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, and Rirkrit Tiravanija
In film terminology, an establishing shot defines the opening sequence of a scene. Setting the mood, tone, place, and time for the events to unfold, the establishing shot is inextricably linked to the narrative that follows. Driven by the desire to be as precise as possible, it is often marked by a failure to complete its task. Ultimately, it derives its potential from the friction between its formal qualities – a single, presumably directly intelligible shot – and its function within the narrative sequence.