Involuntary Conversion

Jeanne C. Finley

1991 | 00:09:15 | United States | English | Color | Mono |

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Feminism, Language, Media Analysis, Politics

A chilling and revealing look at bureaucratic techno-speak, Finley provides a course in “official” media rhetoric, presenting terms and decoding for the audience (i.e. "soft target = city”, “involuntary conversion = crash”) against a slow-motion collage of military imagery. This intensely visual video illustrates how the urban environment has become the site of tactical language, rendering our daily lives in a science-fiction state of constant fear. The visual elements create a rhythm of threat that is punctuated by high altitude shots of military jets. The piece concludes with quotes from Dan Quayle as he unsuccessfully attempts to manipulate the complicated language developed by his own political “fraternity.”

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Exhibitions + Festivals

Dallas Video Festival, 1992

Videonale Bon, 1993