73 Suspect Words
United States 2000, 4 minutes
73 Suspect Words comprises flashing white text against a black background. The words are drawn from a manifesto by Ted Kaczynski, the US American domestic terrorist known as the “Unabomber”: From the 1970s to the 1990s, Kaczynski targeted people he believed to be advancing modern technology and the destruction of the environment. In an ironic gesture to Kaczynski’s distrust of technology, Peggy Ahwesh ran the manifesto through a spell-checker, using the output as the video’s script. The work provides a portrait of the Unabomber’s fixations – made clear through repeated words like “leftism” and “technophiles”, alongside racial epithets and the names of various revolutionary figures – with an unsettling mix of violence and mechanical detachment.
Peggy Ahwesh― Artist
Peggy Ahwesh (United States) has produced one of the most heterogeneous bodies of work in experimental film and video. True to her bricolage approach, her tools include narrative and documentary styles, improvised performance, Super-8 film, found footage, digital animation and Pixelvision video. With playfulness and humour, she investigates cultural and gender identities, the role of the subject, language and representation.