In the Dream of the Planet

2002
Digital Video, 7 min 40 sec
Installation: dimensions variable

In the Dream of the Planet is a result of looking at how the media has presented information to the public about nuclear arms and nuclear war since the cold war period.

In this work, I appropriate the made for TV movie “The Day After” (1983) in its entirety, and compress the two-hour film down to 56 seconds.  I repeat these 56 seconds six times, and in each repetition edit the movie to echo nuclear research topics I was probing: the media, the military, and science. Additional themes that surface are a focus on the human response within the film (before, during, and after the attack) and a look at the circle of media: TV media within the made-for-TV media itself.

Featured at:
• 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
• Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
• National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow
• La Sala Naranja, Valencia, Spain
• Pace University Digital Gallery, New York, NY
• Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
• Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
• Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
• Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, Germany
• Exit Art, New York