Laura Flanders invited us to be part of her show about Art-ivism while we were in Denver.
The final letter cracked at 9:11 AM, 19 hours after it was unveiled.
Of the nine letters making up the word “Democracy,” at least half met their demise at the
hands of bystanders, crashing to the ground after being swatted or pushed from their base;
the rest disappeared due to the weather.
Does this bode well for the state of things?
Denver was raucous, jubilant, excited. Obama’s speech and its setting placed him in the context of contemporary American life, spilling politics into the more conventional, safe settings of professional sports, spectacle, and Disney.
The closing night of the convention was perfect television, brilliantly executed that only slightly
hinted at more disonant overtones that reminded one of The Triumph of the Will.
The closing was a visual display seeking to harmonize Obama’s aspiration for the Presidency
within the American psyche. It embedded his story with that of Dr. King’s, timed on the
anniversary of the Reverend’s Washington Mall speech; they both became more of the American grain.
Democracy lasted the night - visited by New York state delegates to the convention.
Numerous party goers, posing next to its letters; touching it, kissing it. Clearly cherished
Evening is drawing near - Democracy is waning, but still present… let’s hope it stays the night.
We launch the ice sculpture today at 2 PM Denver time.
The weather will be in the low 80’s (F), 10 mph wind, and high UV index.
Not an auspicious environment for safeguarding Democracy.
Is this a harbinger for the future? Only time will tell.
Did you, too, O friend, suppose democracy was only for elections, for politics, and
for a party name?
I say democracy is only of use there that it may pass on and come to its flower and fruit in manners,
in the highest forms of interaction between [people], and their beliefs — in religion, literature, colleges and schools — democracy in all public and private life….
This is the weblog for The State of Things, an installation taking place in Denver and St Paul during the conventions.