Flickering Signifiers is an ambient light installation concerned with
the rhythmic nature of television light and how it is used to seduce and
compel the viewer into a kind of hypnotic and passive inaction-while watching.
Detection of movement has been at the core of our survival and ironically
it creates an embalmed behavior, which allows easy seduction by rapid
flashing movement. Indeed, the edge of the human retina is mostly sensitive
Recent research by Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentktmhalyi in Scientific
American has identified television watching as an addictive behavior and
they estimate that on average people spend 9 years of their lives watching
In a recent article in the Hightower Lowdown Toys of Misery Jim Hightower sites that toys alone are a 30 billion a year industry. Corporate giants like Mattel, Hasbro, and Wal-Mart spends nearly a billion dollars a year on advertising toys. The problem is that these toys are most often produced in "sweatshops in China. These companies use thousands of Asian toy factories where the National Labor Committee found shocking conditions. They reported that one of Hong Kong's top producers employs 20,000 workers alone consisting of teenage girls and young woman. A common workday is 8 am to 9 pm, seven days a week. While the Chinese minimum wage of 31 cents an hour is not enough to meet basic human needs, these workers are paid 13 cents an hour. These abused workers are pushed together in company dormitories, 12 to a room where they are literally sick of work because of all the dust from paint, the toxic glues, the curing plastics, thinners, and other petroleum based solvents in which they're immersed each day.
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