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Annie Dorsen… returns power to the people in a more all-American way: she lets us buy it. A cunning satire of contemporary politics that transforms selling out into performance art.”
The NY Times
4 Stars from TimeOut NY: Postmodern vaudeville… [Okwui] Okpokwasili proves that she can read a Staples catalog and still be interesting.
“The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.”
– Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA began as an investigation into Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic political treatise of the same title. An implicit question informs all of Tocqueville’s observations about America: can a nation achieve greatness on the basis of individuals’ self-interested and autonomous actions? This, too, is the implicit question behind our project. What kind of art might be constructed from the contributions of a multitude of persons acting separately?