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6. Ursula Biemann, Writing Desire, 2000
Biemann examines the role of women on the basis of typical images that circulate in the mass media. As in the work of Tobias J. Anderson, what we have here is a highly developed, difficult pictorial language based on social habits. Unlike normative pictograms, which determine agreed conditions for actions and behaviours, so-called "role clichés" are unadmitted or uncertain instructions for affirmative behaviour within a social group. Revealing this means that power structures have to be exposed. [Barbara Könches]
   
  7. Mark Boswell, USSA: Secret Manual of the Soviet Politburger, 2001
Boswell combines found footage, i.e. film material from the cinema and television to tell the story of "How the hamburger came into the world" as though it were a spy thriller. Boswell criticizes "the American way of life" with irony and humour, using its own resources. A piece of vivid and entertaining self-reflection. [Barbara Könches]
   
  8. Bryan Boyce, State of the Union, 2001
This tape also flirts with the viewers' expectations. The Teletubbies, a trade-mark post-natal television experience successfully introduced by the BBC a few years ago, are challenged both educationally and in terms of entertainment by President Bush, who initiates a devastating game in the form of a bright yellow rising sun. [Barbara Könches]
   
  9. Susanne Brügge, Das Kartenwerk, seit 1990
Brügge uses her set of maps to examine the "ways in which everyday culture is created, its connotations and modes of use". The academic mask - the maps are grouped in types, numbered and catalogued - conceals everyday human arbitrariness. [Barbara Könches]
   
  10. Sunah Choi, Learning Asia, 2001/02
Rather like Ursula Biemann, Choi is in pursuit of mental images, of clichés. She uses Internet research to examine the identity of Asia, putting together ideas about a continent like a jigsaw puzzle from the mass media use of individual fragments of text, language or images. [Barbara Könches]

 
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