I am John Galt, 2013
18:36 min, PAL single-channel video, black/white, sound
by Shahram Entekhabi
John Galt, the fictional character from Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged, has come to embody the individualist capitalist who acts in his own enlightened self interest, and in doing so lifts the world around him. Galt is acknowledged to be a creator, philosopher, and inventor of capitalism who symbolizes the power and glory of the human mind. He serves as a principled counterpoint to the collectivist social and economic structure depicted in the novel. This depiction portrays a society based on oppressive bureaucratic functionaries and a culture that embraces stifling mediocrity and egalitarianism, which the novel associates with socialistic idealism.
This video addresses John Baldessaris 1971 video-performance piece, I am Making Art, with humor and scrutiny.