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Project Hidden Violence - I am the other

Keywords: polarize, depolarized, technology, image-video, hidden.

Required materials: This immersive sculpture includes the use of a full-face head mask, depolarized television, HDMI cable, port adapter, two podiums, and an extension cable.


This project’s idea is to break images and videos out of the frame, these pieces would employ low-tech approaches. They begin with a destructive act in which the artist uses a knife to slice away actual layers of a screen. Most people are unaware of these layers, which are filters that are adhered to every LCD panel. Without the use of these filters, images become impossible to perceive with the naked eye.

PARTICIPATORY ROLE: THE RECORDING OF THE OUTPUT.

The final image corresponds to one of the video’s frames. The full-face head mask allows the viewer to see the hidden video that is displayed on the television. The display of a depolarized screen allows the audience to watch a 28-minute video.


DEVELOPEMENT

This piece aims to highlight how these forms of violence are hidden in plain sight through the guise of "tourism" and "American citizenship conflicts". Puerto Rico has been a territory of the United States since 1898. While tourism has undeniably been responsible for a significant amount of this hidden violence, the U.S. government's actions against the island have caused an unmatchable amount of harm


RESULTS

This is successfully hidden and glossed over as simple issues regarding "citizenship”. Diego Echeverria is a filmmaker born in Chile and raised in Puerto Rico. This film (1981) documents the political, social, and economic problems of Puerto Rico in the early 1980s. We can easily trace trends of growing inequality within our own country to the United States and its countless actions against us; just like countless other countries across the world.


When the U.S. won the Spanish-American War in 1898, it took over Puerto Rico as a new "owner". Documents show that Puerto Ricans were killed; their towns were bombed; their governor was blackmailed. They were tortured and executed; they were also kept from the American public.



Image of test of Depoloraized Screen









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