Video: §419 or THE SPANISH PRISONER, exhibit in Girona
Clip of an exhibition in 2007 on the world of the originally 419 e-mail scam (Nigerian spam).
Centre Cultural de la Mercè, Girona, Spain.
Curated by Jeffrey Swartz, video installation by artist Pep Dardanyà.
The show travels to the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica in Barcelona in October, 2007.
Documentary section with display cases, featuring books on 419, scambaiting,
Nigerian politics and current events, and culture of Lagos, with literature (Achebe, Soyinka), music (Fela Kuti)
and Nollywood movies dealing with 419.
Wall with documents including stats, flow chart, cool French scambaiter screensaver, scambaiter t-shirts, cartoons
(inc one by Dan Piraro of Bizarro, with permission), pics of cybercafés in Lagos.
Quote on wall from David Mamet's THE SPANISH PRISONER, in Catalan.
Computer with links, videos, and on same table books to consult, a map of Nigeria.
Clip end with the video by Pep Dardanyà, CORRELATION 1.1, with an actor reciting a 419 e-mail from an African
dictator as if his son, while the artist translates into Catalan, as if the intermediary on a local tv ad.
Who's the bad guy? Backdrop and props from the video on the other end.