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TPS or True Potato Seed

Single channel video, 9:00 min, sound. 2018

 

In this work, a chorus of voices mined from YouTube videos discuss the True Potato Seed Movement, a counter-narrative to the production of potatoes in the agricultural industry. Utilizing forms of fragmentation and repetition, the found footage is reconstructed to highlight an untold narrative. The visuals make up an empty black screen with occasional quick snippets of original footage collaged together. The black screen is a nod to oral culture, where knowledge and information could only exist by what we knew, remembered, and passed down, unlike a platform such as YouTube, which is a massive storage device disseminating information among people and creating communities no matter how distant.

 

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