The Chorus, Western Front, 2018

Essays by Dan Adleman, Bopha Chhay, Allison Collins, Dan Starling

Text - Notes on the Character of the Chorus by Dan Starling

The complete script of the film in which The Chorus is inserted into Star Wars: Epsidoe III Revenge of the Sith.

The Culture Industry and the Propaganda Factory by Dan Starling, New Documents 2014

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 by the NAACP and others 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 (Starling’s third revision), 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, Casebound ISBN: 978-1-927354-16-2 First Edition (2014)

The Part of No Part, 221A and Brick Press, 2013

Essays by Dan Adleman, Sidsel Mineche Hansen, Brian McBay, Dan Starling

Text - Performance Art and Desublimation by Dan Starling

Malcolm X: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger, Richmond Art Gallery, 2008

Drawing attention to the underlying racism in society was the catalyst for Malcolm X: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger . The title character “Seymour” was replaced with “Malcolm X ” and then the entire text was rewritten to accomodate this change.  The project sought to subvert racial segregation in the United States by bringing two unconnected individuals inexplicably into an intimate relationship.

How to Write a Book of, The Alliance for French & American Relations, Projectile Publishing, 2006

The Anagram Conspiracy, 2005

A Dolls House, 2004

Heart of Darkness, 2004

The Outsider, 2003