Dan Starling


The Culture Industry and the Propaganda Factory          
The Culture Industry and the Propaganda Factory is a complete rewrite of Roald Dahl’s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, reimagining Dahl’s book as an absurdist fairytale overlayed on top of and intertwining with Dahl’s original illustrated narrative. When _Charlie and the Chocolate Factory_ was first published in 1964, it was severely criticized for its depiction of the workers at Willy Wonka’s factory as “black pigmies from Africa.” Dahl eventually sympathized with these critiques, revising the book in 1973 and recasting the workers as the Oompa Loompas the book is now well known for. Using this literary history as a point of reference, Starling imagines four subsequent revisions, each less and less able to cope with what he sees as the “unknown trauma” Dahl's second edition attempted to repress. In our version the story has become a tale of the journey of five children to the Culture Industry’s “Propaganda Factory.” The lucky five children are: Modern Art, a fat pig of a boy who would appropriate anything he could get his hands and teeth on; Cynical Reason, a spoiled little rich girl who screamed until she was bought her heart’s latest delight; Teenage Schizophrenia, the world’s champion pill popper who was destined for a schizy end; Barackula Ozombie, an undead politician who was addicted to television news; and Jeune Fille, Our Hero, who was sweet, painful, natural, fake, active, passive, human, and machine-like. Co-presented with Malaspina Printmakers, The Culture Industry and the Propaganda Factory is available for order through DAP (US/Canada), Motto Distribution (Europe/Asia), and directly from New Documents. 16 × 23 cm, 164 pages ISBN: 978-1-927354-16-2
Costumes for the Chorus I - V          
Negative Politics (No More Bushit! 1992) Negative Politics (The Party's Over 1992) Negative Politics (The Cultural Revolution is Here 1992)
Installation view at Tyler Wood Gallery, CA    

The Kidnapper's Opera - Watch Excerpt 1 on Vimeo, Watch Excerpt 2 on Youtube, Watch Excerpt 3 on Vimeo

The Kidnapper’s Opera is a video-artwork based on a true story: On December 21, 1990, several young men, some of them teenagers, kidnapped the daughter of Canadian billionaire Jimmy Pattison in Vancouver. After receiving a $200,000 first payment on their ransom demands, the kidnappers decided to go on a shopping spree in a rented limousine; they were caught later that day conspicuously spending large amounts of cash at local shopping malls. Inspired by a quotation from Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera – “What is the robbery of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?” – the film considers how inequality is psychologically experienced in our society. The explanation for the behaviour of the teenagers focuses on the false desires of fortune and personal grandeur created by advertising, the media, and a sense of lack perpetuated by globalization. Structured like a play, each scene of The Kidnapper’s Opera is set and shot uniquely. Colour, HDCAM. 90 mins.
Barack Obama Masks: Photographs by Dan Starling
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Return of the Repressed - Malaspina Printmakers          

The Part of No Part (Julia Feyrer, Tiziana La Melia, Willie Brisco, Lief Hall, Sam Forsythe) - 221A Artist Run Centre
Soundtrack - Julia Feyrer Costumes - Tiziana La Melia Set Design - Willie Brisco Choreography - Lief Hall Script - Sam Forsythe Grand Finale    
Catalogue published by Brick Press              

Performance Art and Desumblimation - Essay by Dan Starling

Homeosociopaths: Tracing Cracks in the World - Essay by Dan Adleman              
Introduction to The Part of No Part - Text by Brian McBay              
Negative Politics (The Joker 2008)

Leda and the Swan (After Paul Mathias Padua) - Watch video on Youtube

Max's Kansas City (Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue) / Military Room (Camouflage Pattern)                

Commodities Start Talking at Millionaire Fair - Watch video on Youtube



Kultur: Ultimate Fighting Championship, Cologne, Germany, June 13, 2009 - Watch video on Youtube


The Theme is the American Dream: Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, August 25 - 31, 2008 / Democratic National Convention, Denver Colorado, August 25 - 28, 2008 - Watch video on Youtube

Malcolm X / J.D. Salinger
Malcolm X: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger    
The Alliance for French & American Relations

How To Write A Book Of            
Flag Shirt for Abbie Hoffman     How New York Borrowed the Idea of Modern Art          
2007 - Earlier            
Heart of Darkness
A Doll's House      
The Outsider