Performance & Video - New York City, January 2002


A man attaches photocopies of fingerprints onto a wall whilst fellow New Yorkers walk past appearing not to notice. Bitterly cold and windy, an emergency ladder sways above the man but never reaches the pavement.

Accompanying audio mixes the ambient street sounds with a speech by the then President Bush talking at a Republican fundraiser in Florida.

Made 3.5 months after 9-11 when retina scans and fingerprinting became enforced on all foreigners visiting the US. At the time some academics boycotted visiting the US as protest. Today it has become accepted as normal if you wish to enter the US, but it still does not take place as standard practice in other countries.
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