Matt Kenyon: A secret memorial for civilian casualties
Matt Kenyon - New media artist
From a plant that lives or dies based on stock prices to an oilcan that flows backward, Matt Kenyon creates art that startles, amuses and challenges assumptions. Full bio
rock musician Jello Biafra that I love.
Be the media."
because A, I'm familiar with them
of the power they hold.
between Fox News host Tony Snow
about the recent invasion of Iraq,
on other people."
to one million Iraqis, civilians,
of the US-led invasion in 2003.
the 4,486 US service members who died
awareness to this terrifying number.
for the individual civilians
such as Maya Lin's Vietnam Memorial,
in the world, and to circulate.
this classic civics assignment
and you write a member of your government.
if we wrote a really good letter,
a simple formed letter as a reply.
yellow legal tablet of paper
to the individual Iraqi civilians
and an act of commemoration
the dates and locations
pads of this paper, tons of this stuff,
into the stationery supplies
and the Coalition governments.
the place to discuss how I did that.
with members and former members
who assisted in the invasion.
I meet with one of them,
and Torture Memo author, Alberto Gonzales.
May I give this to you?
of an ongoing art project.
This is a special legal pad?
of Modern Art; I'm an artist.
of the paper are actually --
of individual Iraqi civilians
really creeps me out.
to look under your chairs.
that died as result of the invasion.
and write a member of government.
this civilian body count
that's sent in to the government,
the world, of course --
is archived, filed and recorded.
and under the noses of people in power.
archive of our government,
come into your head, of "Notepad"?
the US Coalition side of the war
the "Improvised Empathetic Device"
cause of death and location
who had died overseas,
or CENTCOM released their data,
that there was a spectacle
who were dying overseas,
amount of casualties
About the speaker:Matt Kenyon - New media artist
From a plant that lives or dies based on stock prices to an oilcan that flows backward, Matt Kenyon creates art that startles, amuses and challenges assumptions.
Why you should listen
Matt Kenyon works at the intersection of art and technology, creating pieces that question society’s large, complex systems — from our reliance on global corporations and oil, to the military-industrial complex. His works include: “SPORE 1.1,” a self-sustaining ecosystem for a rubber tree, purchased from The Home Depot and watered in conjunction with Home Depot stock prices; “Supermajor,” a collection of vintage oilcans with droplets of oil that defy gravity and flow back into a punctured hole; and ”Notepad,” a commemoration of the Iraqi civilians who died as a result of the US-led invasion, printed in the lines of what appear to be your average, everyday legal pads.
Kenyon creates these projects through SWAMP, or Studies of Work Atmosphere and Mass Production. He teaches art at the University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design.
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