THAT’S SO 1984
Screen printed drawing and excerpt from George Orwell’s “1984” | Double-sided 4×6″ chipboard | 2008
A group of artists collaborated in a parking lot during a football game at the University of Oklahoma to collectively distribute a variety of small art prints by placing them on the windshields of each vehicle in the lot while a film crew documented the reaction of fans upon returning to their vehicle and finding the print. Emotional reactions varied from highly intrigued by our actions and giddy to receive free art, to feeling extremely violated and therefore angry.
In anticipation of these varying reactions as we explored privacy boundaries with film crew in tow, it felt appropriate to create surveillance inspired prints, calling into question ideas and concerns regarding privacy and personal boundaries in public spaces, especially as government surveillance has significantly increased since the inception of the Patriot Act in 2001.