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Angus Fairhurst is an influential member of the group of artists associated with London's Goldsmiths College in the late 1980s. Gallery Connections, 1991, is based on recordings of a series of contrived telephone exchanges between unwitting gallery employees. Fairhurst rang two different galleries simultaneously and then held the handsets together. He himself does not participate and remains silent, while the speakers who are initially disoriented, gradually become more hostile. The transparent desk exposes the sound equipment supposedly 'hidden' inside, subverting any sense of surveillance.

August 2004