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Raygun, a new work by Victor Liu of 'Children of the Bureaucrats of the Revolution' fame, takes its name from its homophone, Reagan (as in Ronald). Liu has animated an elegantly produced slideshow to Reagan's famous 1982 speech 'The Evil Empire.' Liu layers and repeats images strategically -- making the mimicry of Reagan sometimes lighthearted, sometimes ironic, sometimes disturbing and very serious. One may experience information overload, between the audio and the many images to process, as well as a certain kind of fragmentation -- signifiers rotate very quickly. It's an apt project for these times, perhaps. Java and audio required. -- Rachel Greene