American Ghosts

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This multimedia work contains monologues from present day “incarnations” of five American historical figures: Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, George Washington, Deborah Samson, and Thomas Paine. Each video shows a close up shot of a portion of the person’s body, accompanied by hip background music and a recording of a verbal performance, while beneath the video window, the words of the poem scroll from left to right in news-ticker fashion. The final piece (shown above) comes after experiencing all the texts and the visual mashup comes across as the voices join in a kind of mixed chorus. (Source: Leonardo Flores, I ♥ E-Poetry)

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Scott Rettberg