About the Artist
Through photography, film and installation the Canadian artist Stan Douglas has, since the late-1980s, examined complex intersections of narrative, fact and fiction while simultaneously scrutinising the media he employs and how it shapes our understanding of reality. Douglas' work is often in the first instance an examination of place – Lisbon, Potsdam, Havana and Detroit have provided the impetus for, respectively, The Secret Agent, 2015, Der Sandmann, 1995, Inconsolable Memories, 2005 and Le Détroit, 1999 – but entangled with the detail of specific geographical and political circumstance is a diverse range of source material that has included the literary constructs of Franz Kafka, Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, Samuel Beckett and ETA Hoffmann, and the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles.
In this video interview, filmed on the occasion of Stan Douglas' inclusion in the 58th International Art Exhibition: May You Live In Interesting Times (11 May–24 November 2019), the artist discusses his latest work and how it expands on the enduring themes in his art of overlapping narratives and speculative histories.
Discussing Doppelgänger, the artist says:
'We see two video screens depicting scenes in an alternative present in which we in the past had invented a process called "quantum teleportation"…. It’s a real thing, which Einstein derided but it actually turned out to be true, where if you entangle particles, when they’re being created, and take them apart, an action in one makes an identical action in the other, no matter how fast they are, and faster than the speed of light…
One astronaut is treated like a returning citizen who needs to be helped; the other one like a dangerous alien who needs to be quarantined and interrogated.'