Installation view, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles
Photo Credit: Fredrik Nilsen
© Diana Thater and The Mistake Room Inc.
Guggenheim Bilbao Museum
Avenida Abandoibarra 2
48009 Bilbao BI
Since the early 1990s, Diana Thater (b. 1962, San Francisco) has been a pioneer of video installation, combining new technologies of the moving image with forms that defy the narrative conventions of film and video. By manipulating color in the exhibition space and using projection screens and monitors as a medium, Thater’s works simultaneously engage in dialogue with key references in art history—from Impressionism to Minimal art—and address major concerns in contemporary culture. Her immersive, color-saturated video environments dramatically affect the hosting architecture. They stage a coalescence of beauty and criticality, or, in the artist’s own words, “the tension between science and magic”. Meanwhile, her installations skillfully point out the nuanced differences that distinguish seeing from looking.