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Similar Items (based on metadata) is a single channel artist video. The video is made as a responses to online moving image searches in regard to 'American Idealism', where the initial search came up with an 1986 PBS TV show 'The Open Mind'. A historian, James MacGregor Burns, discusses 1980's idealism in the US, and what this mean for the future.
Taking this further, the online searching for other important cultural 'speeches' outside of mainstream politics returned scenes in seminal US television and film. The script for these scenes were run through a text to speech function on a computer as a single monologue, subtitled with selected key sentences or phrases from the script. The low resolution of the video matches the original found footage.