Deceit

2011
Poster
Scanned paper
24” x 36”

Deceit misrepresents the essay by modifying it. The words were cut apart, most were removed, and the rest were rearranged like the DNA of a genetically modified organism. It simulates compliance with basic type rules by following a grid system and varying the type case but in reality the message is deceptive. It leaves the reader questioning the forthrightness of the message as it ends with a declaration to “celebrate the genetic revolution.” Much like the rhetoric used by the same corporate interests (Monsanto, Novartis, DuPont) that championed the first wave of chemically-based agriculture. In the end, the genetic revolution (biotechnology) is an unpredictable extension of corporate agriculture.

The words are from “Modern Agriculture Ecological Impacts and the Possibilities for Truly Sustainable Farming” by Miguel Altieri Ph.D., UC Berkeley.