The Lone Ranger
Raul Marroquin, 1985, 26'30''

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In "The Lone Ranger", Marroquin reveals himself to be a master of technological satire. In one thirty-minute segment of his mock television talkshow "What's New in the Market", he reveals the entire complex history of the Dalton Van der Bergh Dynamics Corporation, complete with the final shocking public disclosure of the company's latest contribution to mankind. For most of the duration of the show, the public relations spokesman for the company narrates a long and drawn-out chronicle full of technical jargon and nerdy humour, to the point of annoying even the host, but his tirade is not without intention. The history slowly builds the pieces together of the packaging company turned computer manufacturer and satellite communications developer, where operationswith the European Space Agency stumble upon the startling ability to obtain reconnaissance data from Noah and the building of the ark. In effect, what they have done is create a time machine via communication with "The Emperor in the Sky". And this suspenseful moment is where Marroquin's fantastic ruse is most effective. By employing a clever use of language and the prosaic backdrop for his story, we are tempted to believe him. In actuality, he has created a highly amusing satire of the technological process and our ability to understand it. Marroquin forces us to ask the question of what is really possible behind the closed doors of laboratories, government organization and bureacracy; or at least, how much are we deceived or just unable to accept? (Elaine W. Ho) Read more...

  • Date: 1985
  • Length: 26'30''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: satire / parody, television art (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: television (subject), techno-culture, technology