Prototype: God Bless America!
Prototype: God Bless America!
2006
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Made in China, a mechanical toy dressed as an American soldier plays God Bless America on a trumpet. In this video, Rosler’s camera pans down to reveal that one of the toy’s camouflage-clad trouser legs has been rolled up to uncover what looks like a prosthetic limb. An anatomical reference that, together with the patriotic song that acts as America’s national anthem, creates a short but incisive anti-war video.

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original title
Prototype: God Bless America!
year of acquisition
2008
type of object
Audiovisual recording
credits
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term loan
registration number
R.3244
date
2006
fonds
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council
media
Single-channel video, colour, sound, 3 min 52 s
Copyright
© Martha Rosler
original title
Prototype: God Bless America!
registration number
R.3244
date
2006
year of acquisition
2008
fonds
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council
type of object
Audiovisual recording
media
Single-channel video, colour, sound, 3 min 52 s
credits
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term loan
Copyright
© Martha Rosler
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