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Voting with the art.

Being an election year, there’s little I can do to escape the barrage of marketing and campaigning. It leaves my brain feeling a bit like an egg left too long in the skillet. But where I find TV spots and rallies and endless hand-shaking to be tedious, I never tire of looking at politics through […]

Being an election year, there’s little I can do to escape the barrage of marketing and campaigning. It leaves my brain feeling a bit like an egg left too long in the skillet. But where I find TV spots and rallies and endless hand-shaking to be tedious, I never tire of looking at politics through the lens of contemporary art. Art can bring a conflict to me from thousands of miles away and make it personally relevant for me, something that the ceaseless sensationalism of network TV never manages to do.

Anyway, I just came across this video by performance artist Julia Mandle and wanted to share. This left me feeling raw. Like a direct implication with the Iraq occupation or illegal interrogations, the swarm of vacant hoods dangles just within reach. The omitted bodies serve as a chilling reminder of our suspension of Habeas Corpus. The viewer (both in real-time and virtually) is left asking, “Is this a participatory performance? What is my role?”

I wonder what would happen if presidential debates were centered around responses to relevant artworks?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B6Yf0kjxZ4[/youtube]

Oh, and this may go without saying, but my opinions and those of the artist, Julia Mandle, are not necessarily the opinions of the Walker Art Center.