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Christine Rebet’s The Black Cabinet is a two-channel projection that simulates the experience of being in a Victorian parlor with a futuristic twist. In this installation’s lower film, for instance, three men and one woman, in nineteenth-century garb, sit around a roulette table and subsequently engage in a series of parlor games that culminates in a séance. Rather than putting the characters in contact with spirits from their past, the séance prefigures the future twentieth century, characterized by despotic rulers.
Christine Rebet was born in 1971 in Lyon, France. She studied painting and scenography at the Art Academy in Venice and theater design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Rebet’s hand-drawn, enigmatic animations serve as a stage for her unfettered imagination. Surreal vignettes featuring characters rendered in cartoon-like forms reveal a world that is magical, bizarre, and subtly unnerving. Rebet’s work has been exhibited at the Shanghai Art Museum; the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Lyon; and the Moderna Museet. Rebet lives and works in New York.