The inspiration for American artist Amy Alexander's new work PPMMM is the nefarious workings of the Bush administration. Alexander contends that the government has pilfered the popular 'exquisite corpse' magnet poetry sets -- consisting of dozens of magnetized words ready to be creatively configured -- that usually adorn refrigerators. Alexander's smoking gun: the USA PATRIOT Act, which officially stands for 'Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.' Considering the acronym an insult to the magnets, Alexander has programmed a desktop version of word-magnet-poetry. PPMMM, or the Post-PATRIOT Magnetic Motto Maker, an application for home-sloganeering and motto-making is available for both Macs and PCs. The artist also recommends sending your slogans to Washington, but considering the reach and force of the Patriot Act, we suggest users proceed with caution. -- Rachel Greene
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by Dorothy Howard on Jul 22nd, 2015