Dear Silvia...July 2009


Dear Silvia...July 2009 consists of all e-mail solicitations I received during July 2009 from many non-profit political organizations, exhorting me to attend to a wide variety of urgent issues. These missives, edited down from 16,000 words to 3,000 words, and all opening with the algorithimically-aided personal address "Dear Silvia" are read by a 12 year-old girl. The work raises questions about the crisis of US democracy that these exhortations represent.


Exhibition/Collection: Dear Silvia...July 2009 was commissioned by Fillip as a limited edition multiple in collaboration with a talk organized by Maria Fusco at Whitechapel Gallery, London, in October 2009 as part of Living Clay: Art Writing Readings. An illustrated pamphlet version of the piece, accompanied by an essay on "indirect speech" by Antonia Hirsch, is published in Fillip 11.

The audio version of Dear Silvia...July 2009 is also available as a free podcast at  [scroll down to find.]

For the limited edition LP (edition of 25; $250 each, benefitting Fillip), contact:

Downloadable texts

Indirect Speech
Antonia Hirsch
Fillip, Spring 2010
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