Public Speaking ( )

excerpt from Public Speaking (Read-Along), Multimedia, 2014

The on-going installation series Public Speaking ( ) began as my contribution to Shh! at Minneapolis Central Library. Because it is available for public use, Azisa Koesoema, Adam Hamilton, Sieng Lee, and I used Cargill Hall exhibition space to consider the meanings of various public silences.

What happens after a speech is made?

still from Public Speaking (Marginalia), Multimedia, 2014
still from Public Speaking (Marginalia), Multimedia, 2014

In Public Speaking (Read-Along) and Public Speaking (Marginalia) respectively, I source and ‘re-mediate’ into contemporary dialogues about citizenship and scholarship speeches like Barbara Jordan’s Statement on the Articles of Impeachment and Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence. Installed like a ‘study partner’ across from the seated viewer, each video is accompanied by a hand-bound draft of the text of the speech and a #2 pencil that invite the viewer to contribute to the community marginalia elucidating each speech’s relationship to contemporary life.

still from Public Speaking (Marginalia), Multimedia, 2014
still from Public Speaking (Marginalia), Multimedia, 2014
still from Public Speaking (Marginalia), Multimedia, 2014
still from Public Speaking (Marginalia), Multimedia, 2014
Date: 2014 -Location: 1 - 28 February 2014, Minneapolis Central Library