Liz Magic Laser, ‘Audience Response System’, 2013, ICI: Benefit Auction 2017

Featured in the ICI exhibition Performance Now (2012-15), curated by RoseLee Goldberg, Liz Magic Laser primarily works in performance and video, while often incorporating installation and sculpture to her practice. Her work comments on political and social subject matter, with a particular focus on human behavior, how we perform ourselves publically, and how we may be seen and judged. Her latest video work, Primal Speech, features a therapy group of individuals with opposing political convictions about Brexit and the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In Audience Response System (2013), the artist offers an interpretation of audience approval ratings from her exhibition Absolut Event at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, in which two actors (who are former congressional staffers) perform a political strategist coaching a politician from behind the scenes of a situation room.

Laser’s work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany; Mercer Union, Toronto; and Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
—Courtesy of ICI

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles

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About Liz Magic Laser

Liz Magic Laser was born in 1981 in New York City, where she lives and works. Her performances and videos intervene in semi-public spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters and newsrooms, and have involved collaborations with actors, dancers, surgeons, and motorcycle gang members. She is a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and Columbia University’s MFA program. In 2013 Laser had solo exhibitions at DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas, and at the Westfälische Kunstverein, Münster, Germany, for which she received the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halback Foundation Grant. She was The Armory Show 2013 Commissioned Artist, New York City. Liz Magic Laser is her real name from birth.

American, b. 1981, New York, NY, USA, based in New York, New York