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Steve Rushton: They Came to See Who Came

PostScriptUM #3
Series edited by Janez Janša
Language: English




Some media events have real effects on the world simply by taking place, states writer and editor Steve Rushton. They are “pseudo events”, a concept coined by Daniel Boorstin in 1962 to describe events designed only to be reported.
Rushton collaborated in the visual artist Rod Dickinson’s Closed CircuitWho, What, Where, When, Why and How, a live performance in which a totally realistic presidential speech to the press is staged. The script was created by Rushton, who composed it from fragments of speeches delivered on both sides of the Iron Curtain since the Cold War, with the aim of showing how rhetoric works to justify violence. The performance is also a reflection on television’s stream of news, a continuous flow that creates a permanent state of crisis, fed by media events.
As the artistic background to Close Circuit, Rushton recalls two media events, both performed at the beginning of the video revolution, Media Burn and The Eternal Frame, produced by the group Ant Farm in 1975.


Publisher: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

Represented by: Marcela Okretič
Design: Luka Umek
Layout: Sonja Grdina

(c) Aksioma | Text and image copyrights by authors | Ljubljana 2014

Printed and distributed by: Lulu.com

In the framework of Masters & Servers

Previously published in Aksioma Brochure #3, Ljubljana 2010, on the occasion of the performance:

Rod Dickinson
Closed Circuit (Who, What, Where, When, Why and How #2)
in collaboration with Steve Rushton

The Old Power Station – Elektro Ljubljana
Slomškova 18, Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 September 2010

The project was realized in partnership with the Bunker Institute in the framework of the festival Mladi Levi and supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.

* A version of this text was originally published in Dexter Sinister (ed.), The First/Last Newspaper, as part of the series How Media Master Reality, New York 2009