SiteWorks: San Francisco performance 1969-85

80 Langton Street

Doug Hall, The Tyrant's Last Dream (6th-31st December 1983)



The installation has four central elements: a wind machine, an immense red flag, a small platform, which, when stood upon, initiates the wind machine, and two channels of video with audio that is distributed among four monitors. When activated by a spectator, the flag rises from its flaccid state and snaps loudly, just inches from the spectator’s (now the participant’s) face. Throughout, a man harangues from the monitors, his voice electronically manipulated in a way that renders the content of his words nearly indecipherable. (Hall 2013b)