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.
This may sound terribly complicated when described, but the great thing about this piece is how well it pulls together and how simple it comes across. This is a hip multimedia work that delivers thought-provoking ideas between the lines, between media messages, between past and present.