A man stands in a pedestrian underpass and throws money into a cigarette machine. When it doesn’t dispense the cigarettes he paid for, he kicks the machine furiously and leaves. A junkie approaches him and begs for money; when it’s refused, the junkie kicks the man. Peter Friedl’s video Dummy, produced in 1997 for Documenta 10 in Kassel, presents what at first appears to be a realistic, everyday scene. But not everything is as it seems. The man standing at…
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