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The Dolls of Lisbon 

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The Antagonist Movement is a group of New York-based artists including visual artists, filmmakers, writers and others. The Dolls of Lisbon is a self-portrait/documentary about one of group founder Ethan H. Minsker's projects. He created simple wire and fabric dolls and sent them to artists around the world, asking each to apply their talents to a doll and send it back for an exhibition in New York. Some of the artists make interesting works, but the concept doesn't seem strong and many works are unremarkable. One long segment of the film follows a trip to Lisbon, Portugal, for a doll expo. The artists throw around a lot of hollow artspeak and seem to think they're involved in a politically revolutionary movement as well (by copying the images of Mexican Zapatistas), but that amounts to little more than spray paint vandalism. The lone writer featured in the film is not talented, but overall, the film is well done. Much of it is fashioned like a rock video, and that disguises some dull and narcissistic content. One of the artists in the group is Ted Riederer, who is the creator of the Never Records exhibit at 841 Carondelet St. He decorated the walls of his art installation "record store" with prints and images that were created for events captured in the film. — Will Coviello


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