Edited by Diana Thater. Text by Helen Varola. Interview with the artist by Pernilla Holmes
This richly designed catalogue was published for the debut of Diana Thater’s major film work, Between Science and Magic, which premiered in 2010 at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, California, and traveled to David Zwirner, New York. Adapting its title from anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss’s seminal text, The Savage Mind, in which he wrote, “art lies half-way between scientific knowledge and mythical or magical thought,” Between Science and Magic fuses the magic of illusionists with the magic of cinema. An installation comprised of two looped side-by-side projections, Thater’s film is based on the iconic image of a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. She then projected that footage onto the screen of the Los Angeles Theater and re-filmed it in the environment of the old movie hall. All work together to form an image of “illusion.” Produced in a full color reversible dust jacket, this catalogue includes an essay by Helen Varola as well as a conversation between Thater and Pernilla Holmes.