Summer of Change

Coins, those age-old metallic discs struck with the symbols of national mythology,  just might unlock reason & light in the fourth year of the Dire Global Recession, an economic state whose laws do not apply within the stones of Wall Street; whose invisible great wall is impregnable to marauding justice, equality, and change.  So we present the Summer of Change; a series of numismatic ritual offerings to our nation’s bankers; those citizens worthy of prizes and honors; which we as artists are honored to bestow in public. Standing on The Street safely within the commons of the commonwealth, we shall seize this extraordinary moment by the horns to re-distribute wealth in the form of dollars, fifty-cent pieces, quarters, dimes, nickels, and the Lincoln penny; sacrificing one denomination per event.  Lacking the private means to fund this unprecedented showering of coins, we turn to Kickstarter; with every penny that we raise from The People guaranteed to find its way into the palm of a Wall Street Banker.


We Present a series of 7 events to take place at the intersection of Wall and Broad Streets.(map)

SCHEDULE: The events will start on the Summer Solstice and end on the Fall Equinox 

Distribution of 100 Greenback and Liberty Dollars:June 21st 12:00-1:00 PM

Distribution of 200 Kennedy Fifty-Cent Pieces: July 15th

4:00-4:30 PM (Wall Street)

4:30-5:00 (March to Irish Hunger Memorial)

5:00-7:00 (Irish Hunger Memorial) (map)

Distribution of 400 Washington Quarters: TBA

Distribution of 1000 Roosevelt Dimes: TBA

Distribution of 2000 Jefferson Nickels: TBA


Distribution of 10,000 Lincoln Pennies: September 22nd 12:00-1:00 PM


Liberty Medals
Rhetoric Machine

Rhetoric Machine is a two-room kinetic installation that appropriates the language of movies, television, radio, and speechmaking. Presidential speeches and emotionally laced pop songs serve as the soundtrack for a sculptural light show that marches through the last sixty years, what many would call the golden age of American history. American icons such as an eagle, a tank, and a television set react variously to the soundtrack, creating what Sergei Eisenstein called an "intellectual montage" where jarring associations between light and sound lead to new meaning constructions, often charged with emotion. With this work Fischer asserts, “the ancient art of rhetoric has not been lost - it has been transformed. We may associate rhetoric with a politician standing at a podium, delivering a speech with which we either agree or disagree. But behind the podium there are the hissing speakers, the buzzing screens, and the rumbling engines of an expansive Rhetoric Machine. This machine has been built to mold around us a persuasive version of reality, one that we accept before we have the chance to examine it.”