The Imprisoned Issue

Proliferation4-602x400Paul Rucker, “PROLIFERATION,” 2009. Video, audio, music composition, and animation. 

Paul Rucker: A ‘PROLIFERATION’ Of Imprisoned Lives


By Mohamed Keita
Paul Rucker’s “PROLIFERATION” is an attempt at deconstructing the abstraction of US prison figures into a meaningful and emotional experience. In his immersive sound and video installation, individual frames could pass for a satellite image of lights across the United States at night. But this video animation represents a somber spectacle: the sprawling formation of the carceral topography of the continental US.

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