[FoRK] Jenny Holzer strikes again

Rohit Khare rohit
Tue Aug 16 08:09:21 PDT 2005

Adam is a big fan, I understand... see more at http://www.kunsthaus- 

> Art Before Power
> New Jenny Holzer Exhibition Showcases Archive's Documents;
> Artist Projects Former Secrets onto Buildings, Walls, Floors, Memories
> Washington D.C., June 17, 2004 - Noted modern artist Jenny Holzer,  
> whose signature "xenon" film projectors have cast monumental light  
> images of texts and truisms on the sides of buildings and  
> landscapes from Florence to Buenos Aires, features the National  
> Security Archive's declassified documents in her latest exhibition,  
> which opened on June 11 in Bregenz, Austria, through September 5.
> Holzer's texts for the Bregenz show, titled "Truth Before Power,"  
> include more than 30 former secrets obtained by the National  
> Security Archive through the Freedom of Information Act (primarily  
> on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, especially Iraq), as  
> well as an essay by the Archive's director, Thomas Blanton, titled  
> "The World's Right to Know," from the July/August 2002 issue of  
> Foreign Policy.
> The texts appear in a series of projections, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.  
> each night between June 11 and June 18, onto such surfaces as the  
> fa?ade of the Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Rhomberg rock quarry, the  
> Vermunt reservoir dam, and the "West Side Story" floating stage on  
> Lake Constance. In addition, the top three floors of the Kunsthaus  
> feature Holzer's electronic sign arrays as they stream extracts of  
> the texts.
> "Jenny Holzer does for the digital age what a nail and broadsheet  
> used to do, for example when Martin Luther pounded his theses onto  
> the church door," commented Thomas Blanton, the Archive's director.  
> "She turns every surface into a page, she illuminates not only  
> texts but perception, and by projecting these secrets into the  
> night she transforms the words of power into transitory bolts of  
> lightning."

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