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"I am Terrified of the PATRIOT Act"

The monitor for this piece displays a series of headlines, followed by fine print. The first headline states, "I am terrified of the PATRIOT Act." This is followed by the fine print of the act, which allows alleged terrorists to be prosecuted without due process of law.

However the fine print is too small to be read. If you step up to the monitor to attempt to read it, the text is replaced by the Pledge of Allegiance, and two small USA flags pop up like a rabbit ear antenna.

I am terrified that any criticism I make of the government could be prosecuted under the PATRIOT Act, hence to protect myself I resort to this form of self censorship so my words can not be read, and I can not be charged under this Draconian PATRIOT Act.


Installation View

I am Terrified of the PATRIOT Act, interactive sculpture
Detail:
Monitor with Flags


Close up of the monitor showing a headline and the fine print too small to be read. Additional headlines included:
"I am terrified of George W. Bush,"
"I am terrified of Donald Rumsfeld,"
"I am terrified of our policy on terrorism,"
"I am terrified of our Middle East Policy."



Close up of the monitor showing the pop up flags and a version of the Pledge of Allegiance.


Provenance:


2004 "Terrorvision," curated by Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman, Exit Art, NY, NY.

Reviews:

". . . A strong thread in the show is American fear of American power, exemplified in one interactive video installation by a New York artist using the 'spiritual name' Flash Light. In his work, 'I am Terrified of the PATRIOT Act,' a video screen shows, in very small print, statements of his fears about the loss of free expression. But as the viewer approaches the screen they disappear, to be replaced by an American flag."

2004 The New York Times, "Sampling Degrees of Terror," by Grace Glueck, (May 21, p. E26) NY.

New York Art World, "Terrorvision," by Ariadna Capasso &
Diana Korchak, (Summer issue, p. 8 - 9) NY, NY

Newsday, "Visualizing Fear," by Ariella Budick,(May 9, p. C35), NY, NY


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