Paul Ramírez Jonas
Artist in the Public Realm

Broadside  1, 2007



MATERIALS:  Unfired clay, portable lectern, oath (Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? So help you God.)

    A portable lectern serves as a pedestal for an oath typed on a tablet of unfired clay. Should you choose to use the microphone, the lectern can also amplify and broadcast your voice. Oaths are another form of score; the one presented is ready to be performed by you. Does the oath's power come into effect only when it is read out loud and repeated word for word? Or is a silent reading enough?