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The show will fill Moderna Museet's temporary exhibition area as well as seven rooms in which the museum normally shows works from the permanent collection of contemporary art. The temporary exhibition space measures 1,050 square meters (11,300 square feet) and will be used for displaying McCarthy's large installations.

The single-channel works will be exhibited in several areas using different display modes: on monitors in The Guard House, a separate exhibition space adjacent to the museum, on screens in The Studio, which is the museum's study center, and in screening programs that will be projected in the cinema. States af Petersens, "Our goal is that all of his video works should be available…. He has made maybe 60 hours of video--at least."

"We will have a resource area with a couple of computers where you can sit down and select among his works…. But some of them I believe need to be seen in historical context, in the curated context of a room, inside the exhibition. We have a cinema that we will use. And then there will be those monitors connected to computers that will be in a space we call The Studio, by the seaside entrance."

The exhibition format for the video works in the galleries will most likely be DVD. For permanent video displays Moderna Museet normally connects the projectors or monitors in the galleries to a hard drive on which the work is stored. For a temporary exhibition such as the McCarthy survey, encoding and storage requirements may make hard drive playback difficult.

In a study room, a large number of McCarthy's single-channel works will be available on computers. The initial idea was to store all the works on one hard drive so that all the works could be available from any one of the computers. As af Petersens explains, "There is a coding process that has been done so that they can be on the hard drive, and then you can select from the computer screen. But unfortunately that coding process is quite expensive and it also means that the information has to be compressed, and sometimes you can see the pixels. In addition to this it would be difficult to fit 60 hours of video on the hard drive; the storage capacity would not be enough." Instead the presentation question might be resolved by having one DVD on each computer holding a smaller number of works. With this model there would be six different programs that can be accessed from each computer.

Having several video installations in the same space will not be a problem in terms of sound, according to af Petersens. The curatorial team considered using sound showers (parabolic speakers), but ultimately decided against them. According to af Petersens, "Sometimes [the potential for sound overlap] can be solved in other ways. I think that sometimes low volume is a good solution. Some works demand high volume, but not all." Even though the volume will be kept low, the works will still be audible once the visitor approaches them. Headphones may be used with some of the single-channel video works shown on monitors. The installations will all be exhibited with amplified sound.

Benches or chairs will be used sparingly. Some seating may be available for durational video works, but will not be placed in the installations, as this would contribute an additional architectural element not intended by the artist.

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