7. On November 8, 1988, election eve, I stood at the corner of Folsom and 9th St. in San Francisco, in front of what was then the Billboard Cafe. I wore a long white nightdress with a scarlet "V" sewed on the front. A red silk cape hung over my shoulders. In my right hand, I held a black bucket with "FREE VALUES" lettered on it in white. The bucket contained 100 "values" collected from newspapers and television over the course of the past eighteen months. The idea was to look at how value systems effected coverage and voting decisions in presidential elections. Each value was a work of art, -- mounted on a certificate, xeroxed, and cut out. Each finished value had strings attached and was numbered and hand signed.
A crowd with shopping bags full of groceries did not understand what I was doing but politely accepted values. Some people read the texts on the pedestal.
Artist on the Net
Read from an array of 3X5 cards,
this talk was given in March 1993
at the Conference on
Computers, Freedom and Privacy.
Performed at the time when I was using chance to create generative hyperfiction -- part III of Uncle Roger, followed by its name was Penelope -- Free Values echoed Medieval literary games in which men and women received identity at random or the text was allotted by a roll of the dice, and the identity -- the virtue or lack of virtue -- assigned by the randomly received text was a part of the game.
Framed documentation for this work is in the collection of diRosa.