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Job Creation in a Bad Economy
Date: 11-13-2010

‘1, 2, 3, go!’ the artists start to run, slam into walls, books explode everywhere, their bodies fly across the floor, and in the end both are affected and in need of rebuilding. Job Creation in a Bad Economy, a new video series by the collaboration of Ruben Millares and Antonia Wright, is a playful commentary on the somber issue of the devaluation of the arts and education in our society. Increased budget cuts in schools, libraries, and arts programs in general, leave the country not only underfunded, but sluggish and apathetic. With the extreme action of tearing down these bookshelves, the artists physically and metaphorically tackle the bureaucracy and walls that uphold these systems. In each video, the artists crash over and over again through the piles of books, leaving the viewer feeling sympathy for Millares and Wright, yet laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation. After the fall, someone has to pick up the mess. Who will it be?