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Jenny Holzer «Truisms»
Jenny Holzer, «Truisms», 1979 – 1983
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 Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer has published in the Internet a listing of her «truisms,» which users can actively change and return in a list entitled «submissions». So her best-known saying, «ABUSE OF POWER COMES AS NO SURPRISE,» can be changed in a number of ways. This leads to creating an alphabetically-ordered list of all the changed sayings which recognizes the full scope of individual or cultural variations performed on such truisms. [...] In a third phase, per mouse click, users can decide whether the conviction is accurate or not. This static result is then recorded as well. The truth-percent of the truism «ABUSE OF POWER COMES AS NO SURPRISE» received an extremely high rating (the second highest of them all).
(Source: Hans Dieter Huber, «Welcome to Securityland. Die Globalisierung von Kommunikation und Kultur im Internet», in: kritische berichte. Zeitschrift für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften, Yr. 25, No. 1 , 1997, pp. 70-79.)