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Proposal for QUBE

Peter d’Agostino © 1978/2021

Video-text-sculpture installation
Preview: 7min loop   Edition: 5+2 AP

The installation consists of two cubes (white and black)
and a video featuring a QUBE-TV console for
home viewers to select channels or push buttons
to ‘respond’ in real time to questions and surveys.
Claims are made that viewers have the opportunity
to “talk back to their television sets.”
Referencing minimal art primary structures, the cubes
have added content displaying “Quotes from QUBE” and
“Quotes to QUBE.” The Quotes from… promote a false
narrative of a participatory utopian television, while the
Quotes to… include selections from Orwell’s “1984” and
Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” revealing the dystopian
consequences of QUBE as a surveillance system.
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