“Hand to Mouth” is a sound installation created by stringing 3,000 fishhooks on the walls of the gallery. The exhibition space was transformed into a musical instrument and viewers, in turn, became performers as various imprecise notes could be played when the fishing lines were plucked.
A one-booth job fair for retired and unemployed U.S. generals, “Jobs for Retired Generals” is the interpretation of the song “What Can You Do with a General?” in the form of a one-booth job fair for retired and unemployed U.S. generals seeking temporary or permanent work. The booth—comprised of a logo-drape system and references the set of the fictional “Ed Harrison Show”—replicates a traditional trade-show setting and seeks to transform the booth’s audience into unwitting performers.
A six-foot table stands adorned with an imprinted table cover which quotes a portion of
the song, while a promotional attractor video cycles through the entire lyrics of the song.
A colorful floral arrangement is centered on the table. Clipboards with “Candidate Applications” are available at the booth and can be completed and returned to the table throughout the duration of the evening. Booth visitors may also drop their business cards in a bowl for chances to win a raffle prize (note: only retired and unemployed U.S. generals are eligible for the raffle). Promotional giveaway pens (with American flag and a “Jobs for Retired Generals” imprint) are also available
for the taking.
Only former, U.S. generals are eligible for consideration. Applicants will receive career
counseling and professional headhunting and employment-marketing services by Bill
What’s included in the installation:
• 8’ Logo drape system
• 6’ table with throw and logoed runner
• Attractor video
• Colorful floral arrangement
• Bowl for business cards
• “Jobs For Retired Generals” giveaway pens
• “Jobs For Retired Generals” business cards
• Clipboards with limitless supply of blank job applications
• Receptacle for completed job applications
• “Back in 5 minutes/please take a pen” signs
“Orthodoxy was produced in 1995 as a radio work. The piece builds a dynamic relationship between the voice of authority— a.k.a. the disembodied radio voice—and the interior voice of the submissive listener. A conflict of self-comprehension over self-confusion ensues, and exposes the realm of the human soul that is precarious and susceptible to outside influence. The composition revolves around a sentence in which each word has been sampled, isolated, and recombined to form new phrases through a compositional approach inspired by traditional techniques of brainwashing, subliminal listening, and hypnosis audiotapes. The manipulation of these words functions to generate a variety of meanings, including a sense of introspective self-doubt. Phrases such as “I was not myself” ask more questions than they answer. Was he himself? A part of him? A scared part? A gullible part? A defenseless part? An emotional part? An ignorant part? The same part that thinks it wasn’t true because it’s not true today? This (de)construction of the phrase consistently reinforces these signs of doubt in the submissive listener, and as the material works to break down the listener, it reminds us of the struggle to remain dubious of the authoritative voice. The voice transforms from exterior to interior, and the submissive listener must respond to the unceasing subliminal suggestion.”