Talker likes to think we “discovered” Ray Ray before he achieved his quasi-celebrity status.Way back in June 2016, Ray Ray took us through his participatory gallery installation, Primary Caucus, whose absurdist aesthetic simulated the byzantine — if not rigged — American electoral system. SEE Vote early and often at a political art experience: Primary Caucus” Then in November 2016, I attended Ray Ray’s massive fake election at the Visual Studies Workshop. Ray Ray caught me skulking around like a fake Russian election hacker. SEE A Fake Election at the Visual Studies Workshop After the “real” election, Ray Ray contributed a poem to our Prospering Poets Page. SEE Ray Ray rejoins our conversation: “the privilege of mind with US as your safety-net”
Ray Ray was at the Activism Fair in January 2017. SEE Activism Fair draws largest crowd of its kind in recent memoryIn March 2017, Ray Ray biked to Twelve Corners for a rally against anti-Semitism. SEE Many voices against hate at the Twelve Corners
We went to several of Ray Ray’s happenings at Parcel 5, including in May when the mimes filled the space and offered lessons. Ray Ray (under his pseudonym Yar Yar) was there interviewing people for his Fake News project. For a couple of years, Yar Yar has pioneered the concept of Fake News in which he critically interrogates media practices.
In October 2016, candidate Donald Trump claimed he invented the term “Fake News.” Trump did not as Yar Yar — who never claims to have coined the term — was using the phrase well before fake Trump.
The “Fake News” Donald Trump Boxing and Talking Pen Speaks
David Kramer is an overwhelmingly endearing, crazy, multi-tasking local media powerhouse. Talker of the Town manically integrates meta-timelines of his own personal news explorations. They often end collaboratively written.
This is him adding onto the pile, reacting to CITY Newspaper, and pressing on in bold curiosity that goes deep and hard.
Thanks for engaging my work, David. It’s special to look back on through your lens.
My pleasure, Yar Yar.