Artificial Treatment, by Gretchen Bender, 1988

Gretchen Bender, Artist
Artificial Treatment , 1988

2:44 min.
Credit Line
Harvestworks Digital Media Arts / TELLUS #21. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; photography by Brian Forrest

A news announcer reading the story of a comatose woman and her family's struggle with end-of-life questions repeats the details, take after take. Bender's use of an unedited recording that includes the news announcer's discussions with her producer is a meditation on the violently flattening effect of repetition.

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