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Random Acts of Fitness

Andrea Grover, director of the Aurora Picture Show in Houston, curated this program of nine works. In Water Rerouting Initiatives (2001) video maker Adam Frelin outdoes graffiti artists with his Rube Goldberg-like constructions in which “the natural course of public water is willfully redirected.”" In one instance he posts a sign declaring a rest room out of order and then elaborately tapes over sinks and urinals; in another he builds a channel that routes water from an overflowing motel sink into the toilet. His amusing contraptions direct our attention toward plumbing we normally take for granted. Guerilla Public Service (2002) depicts the Los Angeles freeway system through maps and photos, as video maker Richard Ankrom drives around in a truck labeled “Aesthetic De Construction” installing homemade interstate signs. But Fraser Stables's irritating opera singer in Double Garage Scene and his story of faked suicide in Terminal Portrait aren't developed enough to be funny or to rise to the level of dada. 48 min.


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