Visual Arts Program
 


Saturday, April 15, 2000 — Friday, May 26, 2000

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
The National Endowment for The Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts, Walker Arts Center New Media Initiatives, Chase Manhattan Bank, Printing Prep

MARGARET CRANE AND JON WINET

DEMOCRACY: THE LAST CAMPAIGN

Presented at:
Hallwalls

MARGARET CRANE AND JON WINET - DEMOCRACY: THE LAST CAMPAIGN
MARGARET CRANE AND JON WINET - DEMOCRACY: THE LAST CAMPAIGN

An Installation in The Project Room by Hallwalls Artist-in-Residence Project (HARP) visual artists Jon Winet and Margaret Crane (see http://dtlc.walkerart.org). With an artist talk on April 15, 2000.

Democracy: The Last Campaign (D–TLC) is a national yearlong multi-media project focusing on the 2000 elections. It is produced by the collaborative team Margaret Crane/Jon Winet. The project includes the D–TLC web site and an interconnected series of public forums, publications and exhibitions. Crane and Winet were the first virtual residents sponsored by the Hallwalls Artists-in-Residence Project (HARP), funded with grants from both the NEA and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. As part of their residency, the artists shot a series of 45 short videos at locations around the country during presidential primary campaigns and national conventions. Chris Borkowski, Buffalo artist and Hallwalls’ Technical Director, joined the collaboration as a videographer and editor in Buffalo and at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. Other locations for D–TLC included Minneapolis and the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. At Crane/Winet’s invitation, Chris traveled to San Francisco the first week of September to edit videos from the entire project for various exhibition sites.

The videos almost exclusively consist of single long takes. They are inspired, in part, by the early twentieth century films of the Lumiere brothers and employ video as an extension of the still photograph. These videos function as windows on the American political spectacle and its surrounding urban and social landscapes. During the conventions, they were shot, edited on the spot, and almost immediately uploaded to the "Conventional Wisdom" area of the D–TLC site..

The city of Buffalo provided an evocative setting for the series. Al Gore and John McCain were captured here during pre-primary rallies. In an interview, former Fillmore District Councilmember David Franczyk offered insightful views on local politics. The city itself and the outlying Love Canal neighborhood and Niagara Falls offered powerful visual counterpoints for the spectacle of the 2000 elections..

 
 
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