In 2011 I started constructing leaflet distribution methods adapted from historic propaganda campaigns like those conducted by the CIA during The Cold War. I incorporated Walt Whitman's poem, “Are You the New Person Drawn Toward Me?” as a leaflet for its departure from the romantic nationalism that characterizes other poems in Leaves of Grass. Whitman confides to his reader, “I may not tell everybody, but I will tell you,” conveying the idea that a public exists by virtue of being addressed, as well as the impossibility of total communion through art.
Dry Ice Sublimation
2011, 2:29 min, digital video
Dry Ice Ballast Test for Leaflet Dropbox, 2011, 4:26 min, digital video
Drawn Toward Me
2020, 3:36 min, sound, digital video
A Walt Whitman phrase alongside scenes of Brooklyn, NY, his former home
3:36 min, digital video, 2020