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  1. Stand Behind Me, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance and two-channel video, 10 minutes, Lisson Gallery, London, UK.

  2. In this second incarnation of The Digital Face (2012), Laser works with dancer Ariel Freedman to adapt oratorical gestures from 2013 speeches made by an international range of politicians. The performer turns her back to the audience to face a video camera that transmits a live-feed projection in which the audience becomes the backdrop. A teleprompter displays the corresponding script delivered by each politician being mimicked. The selection of speeches is based on the time and place of each performance and accrues current events every time it is performed. 

    In addition to the Lisson Gallery, performances have also taken place at Wiels, Brussels, for ExperienZ and at the National Palace of Culture, Sofia, for Sofia Contemporary.

    Credits:
    Featuring Ariel Freedman. Costume Stylist Felicia Garcia-Rivera.

  3. Related Material+
    The Magic of the State: A Conversation with Silvia Sgualdini and Beirut, Art Agenda, September 2013 ‘The Magic of the State’: An ambitious and relevant art show in Cairo, Egypt Independent, April 2013 The (Hidden) Magic of the State at Lisson Gallery, One Stop Arts, April 2013 ‘The Magic of the State’ Lisson Gallery London: Critic’s Pick, artforum.com, March 2013

  4. Stand Behind Me, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance and two-channel video, 10 minutes, production still, Lisson Gallery, London, UK. Featuring dancer Ariel Freedman. 

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      Stand Behind Me, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance and two-channel video, 10 minutes, production still, Lisson Gallery, London, UK. Featuring dancer Ariel Freedman. 

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      Stand Behind Me, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance, 10 minutes, production still, Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels, Belgium. Presented at Experienz #2. Featuring dancer Ariel Freedman. Photo: Cici Olsson.

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      Stand Behind Me, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance, 10 minutes, production still, Sofia Contemporary, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria. Featuring dancer Ariel Freedman. Photo: Dimitar Solakov

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      Stand Behind Me, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance and two-channel video, 10 minutes, production still, Lisson Gallery, London, UK. Featuring dancer Ariel Freedman. 

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      Stand Behind Me, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance and two-channel video, 10 minutes, video still, Lisson Gallery, London, UK. Featuring dancer Ariel Freedman as President Barack Obama: Plan to Reduce Gun Violence, White House, Washington, US, January 16, 2013.

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      Stand Behind Me, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance and two-channel video, 10 minutes, video still, Lisson Gallery, London, UK. Featuring dancer Ariel Freedman as President Mohamed Morsi: Declaration of State of Emergency in Port Said and Suez, Cairo, Egypt, January 27, 2013. 

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      Stand Behind Me, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance and two-channel video, 10 minutes, video still, Lisson Gallery, London, UK. Featuring dancer Ariel Freedman as International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde: World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2013

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      Stand Behind Me, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance and two-channel video, 10 minutes, video still, Lisson Gallery, London, UK. Featuring dancer Ariel Freedman as Leader of the Opposition Labour Party Ed Miliband, Questions to the Prime Minister David Cameron: House of Commons, London, UK, February 13, 2013.

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      Stand Behind Me, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance and two-channel video, 10 minutes, video still, Lisson Gallery, London, UK. Featuring dancer Ariel Freedman as Leader of the Opposition Labour Party Ed Miliband, Questions to the Prime Minister David Cameron, House of Commons, London, UK, February 13, 2013.

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      Stand Behind Me, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance and two-channel video, installation view, Lisson Gallery, London, UK. 


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