In this video segment art director Roger M. Buergel and curator Ruth Noack talk about DOCUMENTA 12 and politics, taking Inigo Manglano-Ovalle’s artwork Phantom Truck as a subject of their discussion. How do you present artworks that are political? Is it effective? Can art allow the audience the opportunity to look at a situation or a crisis from a different perspective?
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle; born in Spain, lives in Chicago. His artwork Phantom Truck, is a full-scale reconstruction of a mobile biological weapons lab as described by former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in his presentation to the United Nations in February 2003. The Radio, displayed in the adjacent room, is an installation of red foil covered windows, a radio and sound of radio static. Manglano-Ovalle’s work is supported by the SEACEX (Sociedad Estatal para la Accion Cultural Exterior de Espana), Madrid; Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
This video is part of a series of short topic based videos from our interview with the artistic director of DOCUMENTA12 Roger M. Bürgel and curator Ruth Noack;
August 2007, Kassel, Germany.

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