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  1. Push Poll (A CNN Commission), Liz Magic Laser, 2012, single-channel video, 10 minutes. 

  2. Commissioned for CNN’s website in advance of the 2012 presidential election, Push Poll explored the power of polls to influence public opinion and the persuasive effects of the so-called "man on the street" news segments. Assuming the archetypal roles of newsroom anchor and on-the-scene reporters, a group of actors engages the public in interviews about how current polls might impact the election. Push Poll poses the question, "Is the constant monitoring of public opinion actually responsible for producing that supposed opinion?"

    Credits:
    Featuring actors Annie Fox, Liz Micek, and Michael Wiener; and focus group moderator Ben Allen of Labrador Agency. Commissioned by CNN; video produced in association with CNN, Polemic Media and Performa. Other collaborators include Producer: David Guinan; Videographer: Bradley Korman; Journalistic Dramaturge: Roman Léandre Schmidt; Script Advisor: Hanna Novak; Project Advisor: RoseLee Goldberg; Costume Advisor: Zuzka Kurtz; and Production Assistants: Mallory Nezam and Lisa Williams. Push Poll was created during Forever & Today Inc.'s Studio On The Street artist-in-residence program. Special thanks to Ingrid Chu and Savannah Gorton, Forever & Today Inc. co-directors and curators, and Sara Reisman, 2012/13 guest curator. Additional filming for the Focus Group segment took place at The Canal Series as part of a performance curated by Summer Guthery on August 5, 2012. Special thanks to Sanya Kantarovsky, Allison Katz, Divya Mehra, Jordan Troeller and Tom Williams.

  3. Related Material+ Focus: Liz Magic Laser, Frieze Magazine, September 2012 CNN America’s Choice 2012, CNN.com, August 2012 CNN Power Gallery, CNN.com, August 2012 CNN Presents Liz Magic Laser Video, The Observer, August 2012 CNN Commissioned Election Themed Art, ArtInfo, August 2012 New Artist Commissions Debut on CNN, artfcity.com, August 2012

  4. FOCUS, Liz Magic Laser, 2012, performance, production still, The Canal Series, New York. Featuring focus group moderator Ben Allen.

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      FOCUS, Liz Magic Laser, 2012, performance, production still, The Canal Series, New York. Featuring focus group moderator Ben Allen.

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      Push Poll, Liz Magic Laser, 2012, single-channel video, 10 minutes, installation view, The Canal Series, New York. 

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      Push Poll, Liz Magic Laser, 2012, single-channel video, 10 minutes, video stills. Featuring actors Annie Fox, Liz Micek and Michael Wiener.

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      Push Poll,  Liz Magic Laser, 2012, single-channel video, 10 minutes, video still. Featuring actor Annie Fox.


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