Ever since the start of the Atomic age, artists have found destruction to be an impulse just as fruitful as creation. It has inspired acts ranging from Robert Rauschenberg's
erasing of a Willem de Kooning drawing to Ai WeiWei's smashing of an ancient Chinese vase. Dara Friedman's work is as relevant today as it was when produced in 1997. Total, 1997, explores the history of the culture of violence in which we still live. The installation revisits the past as the artist uses super 8 film and a looper. After filming herself destroying a room, the artist plays the film in reverse. Using humor, Friedman tricks us into believing that she is putting the room back together like an act of magic.