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September 29th, 1999
Video by Sophie Calle Explores Two Points of View

Double-Blind, the first video produced by French conceptual artist Sophie Calle, will be on view in the Video Gallery (179) of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from September 28 through October 24, 1999. Driving from New York to California in a convertible Cadillac, Calle and her companion/collaborator, the writer Greg Shephard, each carried a portable camcorder and made a diary of the trip. The result, Double-Blind (1992; 75 minutes), combines still images, French and English dialogue, video, music, and voice over to tell the story of a cross-country excursion very different from the familiar, adventure-filled Hollywood approach to the genre.

Heading west towards an ill-fated drive-in wedding in Las Vegas, Calle and Shephard jockey for control of the story, leaving the viewer to reconcile their disparate experiences of the journey and of their relationship. A meditation on point of view, Double-Blind places Calle in the position typically occupied by her subjects: at the center of an investigation of voyeurism, intimacy and desire.

Sophie Calle was born in Paris in 1953. Much of her work since 1979 has featured photographs and narratives based on her own experiences while studying and documenting the lives of others. Double-Blind was originally released as a feature-length film in Europe. The artist lives in Paris.

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