That Was Then

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That Was Then is a Single Channel 1080p Video with the actual audio reporting of the first hours of Operation Desert Storm on CNN. It takes the viewer through the initial bombing stage of Baghdad in 1991 with reporters Peter Arnett, Bernard Shaw, and John Holliman. The live coverage was significant because it was unedited and established CNN as a credible news agency. It also established the notion of 24 news as a viable business model. I remember as a young man watching the CNN footage and thinking, like most Americans, that the footage looked like a video game. It looked hyper-real. I have taken this audio and synched it with video footage I shot at a Fourth of July fireworks display to comment on the close link between the past and present.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: Variable
  • Medium: 1080p Stereo
  • Width: Variable
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: Variable