THE GREAT DICTATOR
Steinberg Gallery, Washington University in St.Louis, USA
Feb 26 - Mar 1, 2019
12m x 14.5m x 4m
webcams, motion sensors, stereo sound
sound made by Noe Gonzalez
The Great Dictator is an interactive installation wherein participants trigger sound. This work reveals the invisible power in institutionalized surveillance and how people feel the surveillance nowadays. Also, this work shows what happens when a camera, which is an apparatus of surveillance is used as a tool of play. I utilized surveillance cameras installed between the cafeteria and headquarter building of the school and made speakers play sounds when cameras captured people. The sound was created by mixing lines from The Great Dictator made by Charlie Chaplin in 1940 and President Donald Trump's inaugural speech in 2017.
This work was made possible through a graduate school of an art production grant from Washington University in St. Louis and exhibited in March 2019 at the Steinberg Gallery in Washington University in St. Louis and Des Lee Gallery in St. Louis in May 2019.
Concept drawing, Music is Dot to Dot Game, collage and ink on paper, 26cm x 9cm, 2018
Sketch for The Great Dictator, collage and ink on paper, 26cm x 9cm, 2019
Cocept drawing for Sound Make America Great Again(Morse Code), collage and ink on papaer, 26cm x 9cm, 2018