Tell Me What You Want To Hear is a commissioned video installation and exhibition by Liz Magic Laser, 2013 Armory Show Commissioned Artist. Liz Magic Laser's live performances and videos often intervene in public spaces such as banks and movie theaters, and have involved collaborations with actors, dancers, surgeons, market research analysts and motorcycle gang members.
Tell Me What You Want To Hear is a video installation that explores story-telling methods and interview techniques employed by politicians and newsmakers to elicit public support. Utilizing the format of a political talk show, Tell Me What You What To Hear poses a dialogue between political experts, the television media and the audience.
As in her previous works, this project stages a live situation in which an audience becomes a character in the performance and resulting video. Stemming from an extended residency supported by DiverseWorks and a special academic course sponsored by the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston, Laser's project will explore how performance has become integrated into everyday life via television media and politics.
Dissecting the emotive strategies used by politicians and newsmakers, Laser exposes how factual information about the state of our political, social, and economic reality is theatrically presented to the public.
On view through May 18.