Sunday, November 23, 2003

A Prank Without a Theory is Merely a Hoax: An Eric Saks Retrospective

Program 3: Hung Up

California College of the Arts

Two premieres and a survey of Saks’ solo and collaborative work involving telephone recordings. Since the early ’80s, Saks has utilized audio from surreptitiously recorded telephone conversations, “found” message tapes, prank phone calls and scanner hacks to form a varied chronicle of living with the ubiquitous and invasive telephony of modern culture. Saks will screen two new works: Nation Elevated, which investigates a US National Security Agency (NSA) electronic eavesdropping apparatus called ECHELON in the current climate of “Elevated Security Threat;” and Dirt, which he describes as “utilizing a vast collection of answering machine message tapes culled from ten years of discarded machines found in thrift stores.” Also included tonight are the hilarious prank puppet videos Don from Lakewood and You Talk/I Buy, and the instructional tape Fax Attack 1-4. (Konrad Steiner)