A German art magazine canceled the public display of a video by a U.S. artist that it had commissioned, because it deemed the video inappropriately evocative of the Sept. 11 attacks, an editor said Wednesday.
The 2.5-minute video by Jonathon Hexner, a Boston, Massachusetts-based artist, shows someone drawing the words "I love America & America loves me" with fuses on paper and later lighting the fuses creating black smoke.
Sleek commissioned videos from eight artists to enhance the theme addressed in their magazine, which for autumn was "East-West."
But editors at Sleek magazine said they feared the meaning of Hexner's work could be misunderstood and decided not to broadcast it on an 80 meter-high LED screen above the offices of a publishing house in Berlin.
"We were really excited about Jonathon Hexner's work," said Annika von Taube, managing editor of Sleek magazine, a quarterly German art and fashion magazine that is published in German and English.
"But then we did a test run, and the impression that emerged was alarming," she said. "Sept. 11 terror attacks, every cliche, but not the meaning of the work itself, came across."
Von Taube said the magazine is thinking about showing Hexner's video in an extra event explaining its meaning to the press and public in advance.