Silent and one minute in duration, Vox Pop is set in a large, empty sports stadium. A panoptic tracking shot, evoking the mass-movement of an Audience Wave, is contrasted with the portrayal of a single audience member’s gestural action.
In the performance of an Audience Wave large masses of people move as though they are one undulating organism. The body politic evoked by La Ola converges seemingly for the passive consumption of a spectacle, yet this convergence gives rise to spontaneous collective actions, independent of any centralized authority.
Vox Pop was originally conceived for, and presented on, large electronic billboards, where the work was inserted between advertising spots.
What Are We Now
Jeremy Todd, Black Flash, 2001 (pdf)