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This group show takes as its s tarting point the loss of focus. Distraction as diversion. The offstage mom ent becomes central\, the minor player the star\, the prop the protagonist\ , the interior monologue the script. Attention gets shifted to the “wrong” thing\, questioning what the main event actually is\, and who\, in fact\, i s the audience. In some works\, the artist inserts her or himself to create a disruption\; in others\, events are reframed through different means. Pa rticipants turn passive and viewers become active\, as politics and conflic t receive a sidelong glance—a reality just outside the picture that influen ces everything that lies within it. Debord’s iconic spectators\, transfixed in their 3-D glasses\, have been replaced by actors and audiences who are continually sidetracked.

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Sanja Ivekov i and Jill Magid make use of police officers as cast and crew: Ivekovi sets them in motion via a trio of actions on her balcony\; Magid’s romantic cit y tour is filmed entirely by public surveillance cameras. Reversing positio ns\, Walid Raad imagines the point of view of a camera operator and a possi ble reason for his wandering eye.

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Pea ceful landscapes become charged in Cyprien Gaillard’s film\, where empty se ttings are interrupted by sudden clouds of smoke\, as well as in Osama Dawo d’s photographs\, which capture protesters at the G8 summit in an off-momen t. David Levine re-crops performance art documentation to show only the onl ookers—some paying rapt attention\, some talking among themselves—whereas t he accident scenes shot by Enrique Metinides and Egyptian press photographe rs illustrate that nothing attracts our attention quite like a good disaste r.

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Outside the gallery\, Amal Kenawy’ s performances mix an invited audience with an accidental one—the passers-b y on the street.

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