Media Hostages: Unset Blvd

1985, 9:44 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. Miller's Unset Blvd. deals with dreams and memory, surveillance and media coverage, investigating the experiences of the only woman on the billboard.

by Branda Miller

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1985, 22:08 min, color, sound