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The Production of Belief

- Production of Belief (film)
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(install shot from "The Production of Belief")

 
 



In 1958, Edward R. Murrow, one of America’s most admired journalists, delivered his famous “wires in a lightbox” speech to the Radio and Television News Directors Association. In his speech, Murrow boldly and heartbreakingly warned of and condemned the massive influence of corporations and commercialism into the news industry, and the adversity of American audiences towards the growing complications of the reality of the world, opting instead to escape towards the increasing popularity of pure televised entertainment.

As he stated, "I began by saying that our history will be what we make it. If we go on as we are, then history will take its revenge, and retribution will not limp in catching up with us."

 

  Using a low frequency FM transmitter, I replayed Murrow’s 1958 speech mixed with personal interjections describing detailed memories of my child hood living room. This piece was situated inside a constructed film set for the installation “The Production of Belief” with the radio on an executive desk in front of a leather wingback chair against a black curtain, with a spotlight pointed at the chair. Additionally, my film “The Production of Belief” was rear-projected and played backwards, forcing viewers to walk around the installation to experience the film correctly.