Fake It 'til You Make It

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Fake It ‘til You Make It, 2012, chair, Raspberry Pi, sensors, headphones, audio collage.

As the viewer sits in the chair, it triggers a switch to begin an audio collage of voices reading New York Times articles from the last few years—characterized by sensation and hyperbole about the current state of Detroit.

The voices form a polyphony of taglines and selling points, as well as blind optimism about the renaissance of the city. The audio piece allows the listener to draw their own conclusions about the content of the articles, and the use of language.

Contribution to "E, I Know It Begins With E" exhibition at North End Studios, Detroit
August, 2012
A project conceived and curated by Maia Asshaq, Mikaela Assolent and Flora Katz

« E, I know it begins with E » Gallery Booklet (PDF)

  Photo by Megan Major.
  Photo by Megan Major.

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