Allegory of Oblivion

1981, 168:30 min, color, silent

Uncovering the "hidden text" of network news footage, Allegory of Oblivion is a dark deconstruction of television's subliminal power. Feingold recorded the news on a nightly basis from November 1980 to May 1981. The resulting visual sequences, arranged chronologically and separated by a solid red video field, form a litany of sensationalist, often lurid media images. Silent, seen without the contextualizing or "filtering" process of a news presentation, this flow of images reveals the unconscious reading of the spectacle of media information.