Media Hostages: Future Language

1985, 6 min, color, sound

In December of 1984, a "living" billboard was erected on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles as a promotion for a line of jewelry. A group of aspiring actors took up residence on it, each competing to outlast the others and win a screen test. Artists Chip Lord, Branda Miller and Antonio Muntadas collaborated to produce three views of this public spectacle, creating a work collectively titled Media Hostages. Lord's Future Language uses a docu-narrative structure to introduce the billboard and contextualize it in the physical media environment of Sunset Strip.

by Chip Lord

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1985, 22:08 min, color, sound