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Tel-Talk Documentation - Clark Kent`s Transformation into Superman - Dundas St. W at Bloor Ave, Toronto, ON

Sheila Butler

Installation Date: February 28, 2012

Sheila Butler

Artist Statement:

In the days when telephone booths existed as small islands of privacy on busy North American streets, Clark Kent, the mild-mannered reporter, often took advantage of this private space to effect the change of clothing that transformed him into Superman, the mighty man-of-steel, the heroic crime fighter. Now, in 2012, many of the phone booths are gone, but the magic transformation of Superman remains vivid in the collective imagination of contemporary culture. Superman’s former changing room links the relative disappearance of the phone booth to our changed perceptions of public and personal spaces. provides me with the aesthetic opportunity to stage the transformational coming and going of the ongoing legend of Clark Kent and Superman in a now transformed social context.

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