Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics is a project in collaboration with Bradly Dever Treadaway and Jason Thompson that draws its title from Mark Twain's classification of three types of lies and the capacity of numbers to misconstrue or suppress subversive political agendas. It employs photography, video, sound-based sculpture, performance, and installation to challenge notions of classification as they are applied to artistic practice and to socio-political understandings.
Lowering its historical anchor in 1954, the year of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, Thompson and Treadaway collaborate with student researchers to uncover family, MSU, and Lansing area archival materials. The work employs workshops, multimedia installation, and performance, to examine the force of historical amnesia, abandoned history, social schisms, and stagnant revolution in relation to what possibilities may exist to reinvigorate fallen monuments of progress.