Controlled Environments

Andrew J. Paterson

1994, 33:45 minutes, colour, English


A series of seven telephone conversations between arts bureaucrats A and B - both played by Andrew J. Paterson. The conversations - all taking place within the confines of their respective apartments - concern cultural /philisophical questions such as whether or not propaganda can be art, whether or not anarchy is a euphemism for capitalism, whether or not entertainers are public servants, and other contentious issues of discourse. The mediatory nature of the telephone also allows for certain discrepancies between A's and B's words and actions.

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