Neil Sanzgiri | The Production of Belief

the production of belief
ACT at MIT

The Production of Belief
a temporary installation by Neil Sanzgiri

MIT Wiesner Building (E15-054)
December 14–18 (by appointment only)
Closing Reception Thursday December 17th, 5:30pm – 8pm

The Production of Belief is a temporary pop-up exhibition and installation by SMACT candidate Neil Sanzgiri featuring four new works centered around the events of the 1991 Persian Gulf War crisis, the rise of the 24 hour live news broadcast, and the effects of instantaneous communication in a globalized society.

The installation consists of a ten minute rear-projected screening of Sanzgiri’s film The Production of Belief, interweaving a debunked 2009 conspiracy theory about falsified live coverage of the Gulf War from a CNN corespondent and monologues addressing Sanzgiri’s birth in 1989. The film is installed inside of a large re-created film set featuring a broadcast of a 1958 speech from American Journalist Edward Murrow and overlapping media artifacts from the Gulf War era. Radical public access television shows from 1991, featuring notables such as Edward Said and Douglas Kellner with “Alternative Views TV”, and more collaborative efforts such as Paper Tiger and Deep Dish Television’s “Gulf Crisis TV project” are paired next to each other to explore deeper investigations into the subject through issues of oil, imperialism, representation, and dissent.

Sanzgiri repositions these original works into the present by working with CC-TV (Cambridge Community Television) to re-broadcast these episodes on local cable television, without context, leaving viewers to draw their own connections between 1991 and 2015. Additionally, Sangiri invited curator and artist, Alia Farid (VAP ’08) to contribute to the installation, whom added a text by Lebanese poet and feminist, Etal Adnan. The audience navigates the spatial terrains of the installation through different stations featuring commentaries and texts, construction sites and recreated film sets, all adding to the complexity of this particular moment in world history where post-cold war military censorship and media spectacle were mobilized to gain popularity and support for invasion of a region where U.S. forces have not since left.

venue

  • mit, wiesner building – e15-054
    Open Hours by appointment only
    Closing Reception Thursday December 17th, 5:30pm – 8pm

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