Three-channel video/sound installation with three projectors. Projection cycle: 20 mins. Edition of two. Produced by the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery.
"In Evening I have reconstructed, based on archival newspaper reports
and television footage, two representative news days--1 January 1969 and 1 January
1970 (dates that roughly define the period in which Happy Talk was adopted by
U.S. broadcasters). When the work is installed, three adjacent 3-meter screens
simultaneously present the differing approaches to the news peculiar to three
fictional Chicago-area network-affiliated stations: "WAMQ" (which maintains
a conventional paternalistic tone), "WBMB" (in transition from serious reportage
to Happy News), and "WCLS" (in the process of perfecting its Happy rhetoric).
The sound system is configured so that, in certain areas, viewers may hear the
polyphony of all three stations broadcasting at once, or, when in front of a
particular screen, a single, corresponding soundtrack."--Stan Douglas
Stan Douglas lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His photographic and video installation work was recently exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; and the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. Photo: Jan-Peter Boning, courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery.