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False Binaries (Rhetoric)
The false dichotomy presents two options as the only available choices. This type of thinking frequently finds its way into social and political rhetoric, attempting to ascribe a sense of identification from without.
In each of these works, a word defines the border between image sequences of the viewer, which are in varying states of temporal flux. The word itself has no positive appearance, but is only recognized as a difference between the changing images.
The title of each work and the text in the image are parts of a common rhetorical phrase, while the temporal and interactive effects suggest the rest of that phrase, creating imaginary relationships between text and image.
Demos: The downloadable demos below are Java applications created with Processing. A Mac with a good web camera (iSight recommended) is required to run them. Place the camera in a stationary position and in a well lit area.