The Book Lovers's artist Jill Magid and actor Ed Vassallo will do a live reading performance of Lincoln Ocean Victor Eddy. "Magid's impressive New York debut includes Lincoln Ocean Victor Eddy, a video and series of photographs accompanied by a haunting novella. All record her five-month friendship with a New York City police officer. She initiated it by asking him to search her (he didn't) and then shadowing him during his night shift, usually on subway platforms in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The best part of the work is the quietly heart-rending novella, a kind of tunnel vision of two people moving along parallel tracks while the city hums around them. The relationship is never consummated, but Lincoln Ocean Victor Eddy spells love." (The New York Times)
Jill Magid seeks intimate relationships with impersonal structures. The systems she chooses to work with—such as police, secret services, CCTV, and forensic identification--function at a distance, with a wide-angle perspective, equalizing everyone and erasing the individual. Magid seeks the potential softness and intimacy of their technologies, the fallacy of their omniscient point of view, the ways in which they hold memory (yet often cease to remember), their engrained position in society (the cause of their invisibility), their authority, their apparent intangibility— and, with all of this, their potential reversibility.