News from a Mime’s Thud | Collaboration with Rodney McMillian
Blanton Museum of Art
Austin, Texas

News From a Mime’s Thud, 2008

Rodney McMillian and Olga Koumoundouros design and execute a mobile audio center that visited various sites around Austin. This blend of variety show, church revival, talk radio program, and NPR fundraiser takes on the issues of capital punishment and lawmaking. The project, installed on a moving vehicle, includes prerecorded messages from the artists and contributions from guests—speaking mimes, preachers, musicians, and prison advocacy groups. The truck stops in sites like strip malls and governmental buildings’ parking lots to broadcast messages to diverse audiences. The program is presented with the Blanton Museum of Art, as part of Creative Time’s 2008 public art initiative Democracy in America: The National Campaign.