General Idea

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“Wellcome” to the world of drugs: AIDS is the theme. The most widely prescribed antiviral medication, AZT, manufactured and distributed by the Burroughs-Wellcome Company, is equated here with a placebo. There are no cures for AIDS; there are, however, pills that extend the lives and the disease of HIV-positive people. Any prospect for radical change in this medical situation is dim; the disease remains fatal. Research, we are told, is dragging, while society is now more, now less interested in the topic. Although AIDS is a cipher for both the acute and the constant threat to human existence, the general public (and government agencies) must steadily be appealed to. The world is full of havoc, misery, and disaster. AIDS is yet one more tragedy—and the earth keeps spinning.

Green (Permanent) Pla(c)ebo is the title of General Idea’s installation here. Three gigantic pills or capsules are

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