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Dennis Pasco - life is better than TV

Initially, my idea centered around reality television and how to me it seemed as if people watching these programs were either living vicariously through them because their day to day lives of work, eat, sleep prevented such experiences.

As I explored materials to get started, I also began to research topics relating to television or mass media in general. One thing I found was a blacked out story on the Federal Communication Commission's upcoming hearing to scale back the limits on corporate ownership of news media (Stop Media Consolidation, San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 14 - July 20, 2004).

In the article San Francisco is the epitome of the advancement of consolidation ‹ no locally owned television broadcasters or top 20 radio stations, both daily newspapers owned by conglomerates, and 40 percent of local radio owned by Clear Channel and Infinity Broadcasting Corp. Economically this makes sense, mass communications can make quite a profit. But consider that this extremely small group of corporations can also edit the news as they see fit. And with no other source for news to compete with them that edited reporting of local, national, or world events can distort or even block information that may influence decisions such as which product to buy or who to vote for.

It is this "edited reality" that I approach. I felt that using objects as opposed to doing something digitally or two dimensionally would work metaphorically in that the materials would be tangible and have inherent imperfections as opposed to the edited, streamlined, and perfected typographic treatments to present my statement. And when placed in an environment that is aesthetically contrasting the typography and message stand out formally.

22 comments so far: read comments , please do comment
giordano bruno -- Saturday, July 17 2004, 09:13 pm
i love this mystery story. i love this artist. i am a detective and will be happy to accept this case. i dreamt that i am your husband. i dreamt you were willing to listen. i love you . i am your husband and your detective. find me. all clues, no solutions. i will burn for you. i have a text.

Donna Haggett Donaldson -- Monday, July 19 2004, 09:09 pm
I think you have incredible talent -- pursue your dreams and they will come true!!!!

Gordo -- Monday, July 19 2004, 11:45 pm
Nice thought, nice conception, nice medium, nice implementation. There's only one answer: genius grant.

GRae -- Thursday, July 22 2004, 06:20 pm
I love it, it's beautiful. I'd just reverse it on the freeway in two rows so that cars cross the word plant first.

galileo galilei -- Friday, July 23 2004, 10:55 am
Maybe I oughta mention Was never my intention To harm you or your kin Are you so scared to look within The ghosts are crawling on our skin We may race and we may run We'll not undo what has been done Or change the moment when it's gone

hermes trismegistus -- Tuesday, August 10 2004, 03:04 am
... and nothing more than insubstantial ghosts be the final tally of your scaborous endeavour. that, and the pitiful residue of sour humours, a troubled heart and fading vision. what does the twilight teach you now old man?

John Dee -- Tuesday, August 10 2004, 12:46 pm
mr black to mr gray - i’ll have my man sir humphrey decorate his welcoming path with what is left of your grayness. borrowed interest. i am the third man. collector of texts. detector of impostors. a past song em[n]meshed for ever in the memory's net. probably you, who burgled my library. cease the reflected flattery. this is your 1638. your fall is a weak and tired stain.

Warren nnamuaB -- Saturday, October 2 2004, 10:02 pm
Flying from above this message will be seen clearly. I love this diea and feel that it will not go unseen. Peace.

karen o -- Monday, October 4 2004, 02:56 am
i so love the reminder that the simplicity of a message can often be its most powerful aspect. i once painted the road....it said "12 deer killed here" the words in succession down the road... to try and get people to slow down and think....and i never considered what i was doing 'art'...life is art. thanks for the reminder.....blessings....

Emily Enders -- Monday, October 4 2004, 04:43 am
The Shut up and Listen workshop absolutely intrigues me. I would love to be able to participate in such a wonderfully artistic feat. I especially enjoyed Katharina Broeckelmann's inhale/exhale inscriptions on leaves.

Sebastiane Powers -- Monday, October 4 2004, 05:34 am
My interpretation of this piece is a “redefinition” of the word “Wilderness”; stairs leading to nowhere, abandoned buildings, echos of human presence (graffiti, litter)- this is a type of wilderness to me. This piece gives me the impression that the artist is “labeling” the site- this IS wilderness, what you see through this chain link fence IS wilderness. It is a not-so-new kind of wilderness for a different generation of inhabitants of planet Earth. Reclaimed by non-human creatures- those stairs are leading to a wilderness space as much a hiking trail is. So many thoughts are provoked by this work- thank you!

Andrew Van Dyk -- Monday, October 4 2004, 07:42 am
- I thought that this was a very intersting way to expand your mind. Keep up the interesting work, I will definitly keep checking back!

Jesse Luidhardt -- Tuesday, October 5 2004, 04:07 am
About James Grieshaber's piece.- I love the idea of challenging people on the street to emerge from their own cocoon and to show even the slightest bit of personality. I often think about how most people I encounter on the street acts so secretive, usually as if I don't exist. Occasionally I am compelled to greet everyone I pass for a stretch of my walk. I applaud your piece and encourage further exploration.

Louise -- Monday, March 28 2005, 11:03 am
Katharina Broeckelmann - inhale, exhale: I like your idea. I don't want to come off as a rabid environmentalist, but wouldn't the type from the cut out leaves seem like a mass of mutilated plantlife? It just seems ironic to me. soliue@yahoo.com

JK -- Wednesday, June 29 2005, 05:08 pm
wilderness... very nice work, perfect relationship between form and idea. have a look at this... http://jknebusch.free.fr/09.html thank you

LARS -- Friday, September 9 2005, 10:46 pm
Westen haben gar keine Ärmel Du treulose Tomate!

adam brodsley -- Tuesday, November 15 2005, 02:43 am
i'm glad you didn't use an electrical socket!

stuart frolick -- Tuesday, December 20 2005, 09:21 pm
I'm trying to reconnect with Piper Murakami. Please ask her to e-mail me at: stuartfrolick@hotmail.com or: sfrolick@calarts.edu many thanks, Stuart Frolick

justine mendoza -- Tuesday, May 9 2006, 08:09 pm
This is still up. I see it al the time on my way to and from the school. Now i know why it was made, although the message was/is clear.

justine -- Tuesday, May 9 2006, 08:14 pm
(see above) i meant the "wilderness: project

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