America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful , Installation Detail, 1080p Video, Stereo & Binaural Audio
Running Time:  10 minutes, 54 seconds

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Project Statement

America the Beautiful is a single channel 1080p video with stereo and binuaral audio.  The video consists of three professional vocalists singing the iconic American songs: The Star-Spangled Banner, God Bless America, and America the Beautiful.  The vocalists are specifically chosen to represent a broad spectrum of diversity in America. As each vocalist attempts to sing their song, they are interrupted by voices uttering reprehensible comments posted on to various social media pages.

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Specifically, the content that is expressed by the voice-over actors is taken verbatum from comments posted onto CNN, Fox News, & MSNBC’s social media pages about various contemporary news stories.  The video plays on multiple layers of meaning by embracing our collective patriotism while reflecting the hypocrisy in our collective conscious which forces the viewer to engage and resolve these difficult subjects on their own.  Does social media allow us to empathize with each other?  Does the cloak of anonymity allow us to speak without remorse?  Or does social media offer a glimpse into our true selves as a culture?

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Vocalist Brea Marshall sings The Star-Spangled Banner

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Vocalist Rene Vazquez sings God Bless America

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Vocalist Abby Powell sings America the Beautiful

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