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Tracking the Thrill

Among the most prescient yet overlooked figures of her generation, Gretchen Bender (1951-2004) anticipated our current state of image saturation, using scaffolds of screens, hypnotic repetitions of appropriated television footage, and aggressive sound as a critical match for an emerging cultural field of special effects and immersive viewing experiences. In this focused selection of Bender's videos, Total Recall—her seminal video performance, originally exhibited at The Kitchen in 1987—and Wild Dead are presented alongside the artist's efforts in music video and broadcast television, including her legendary title sequence for America’s Most Wanted.
The Kitchen