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A program of four videos from the Whitney Museum of American Art's biennial exhibition. The best of them, Jennifer Reeder's Nevermind, isn't exactly pleasant, but its blaring, distended rendition of a Nirvana song and distorted images of a woman singing create a sense of entrapment that recalls some of Bruce Nauman's best work. Les LeVeque's 2 Spellbound is yet another reworking of a Hitchcock film, though the flickering pace is lively and LeVeque's doublings—the same character appears on ether side of the screen, flipped left to right—relate, at least superficially, to the psychoanalytic theme of Spellbound. The subject matter of Joe Gibbons's Multiple Barbie is pretty old too, though the grungy black-and-white image and long take lend a certain intensity to the action, a psychoanalytic session in which a crudely animated Barbie attacks Gibbons after he diagnoses her with multiple-personality disorder. Tran T. Kim-Trang's Ocularis: Eye Surrogates is a turgid, theory-laden exploration of the relationship between surveillance and consumer culture. I'd rather read the essay.

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