Past Event

The False Advertisement Show

Film screening curated by Ben Russell

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 – 2:00PM to 4:00PM
Gallery 400
400 South Peoria Street

The False Advertisement Show Screening Primary

The television has been blaring picture static for days (Brakhage), that neon billboard outside your apartment window will never stop flickering (Murphy), and there's a sad polar bear (McCormick) sitting next to that strange lady you just saw on TV (Cuevas). Your prescription bottle is empty (LeVeque), you still don't have a Jacuzzi (Elliot), and it's clear to everyone that your teeth/figure/hair aren't white/curvy/soft enough (Kubelka). You need a better life for sure, and these ten films/videos are here to help you find one. Through their consistent misuse of misused media, these works reveal the truth of advertising as the truth of fiction. Presented in conjunction with the Carol Jackson exhibition at Gallery 400, this show is one you'll want to TiVo for sure (if only you could...).


  • JJ Murphy, Sky Blue Water Light Sign, 1972, 16mm, 9:00 min.
  • Martha Colburn, What's On?, 1997, 16mm, 2:00 min. 
  • Richard Serra, Television Delivers People, 1973, video, 5:47 min.
  • Stan Brakhage, Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse, 1991, 16mm, 10:00 min. 
  • Ximena Cuevas, La Tombola, 2001, video, 7:00 min. 
  • Peter Kubelka, Poetry and Truth/Dichtung und Wahrheit, 2003, 16mm, 13:00 min. 
  • Les LeVeque, pulse pharma phantasm, 2002, video, 6:17 min.  
  • Sterling Ruby, Landscape Annihilates Consciousness, 2002, video, 11:40 min. 
  • Matt McCormick, Sincerely, Joe P Bear, 1999, 16mm, 5:00 min. 
  • Lynn Elliot, The Boy in the Air, 2006, video, 2:00 min. 

Plus an assortment of television commercials. Total Running Time 75:00 min. 

Image: The False Advertisement Show poster.