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From The Washington Post:

April 1, 2012
Polygonal Address (PA) System: A floating installation by Deborah Stratman and Steve Badgett at 600 Water St. SW uses vintage audio recordings. Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker. Her work has been featured at the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Sundance. Badgett, a frequent collaborator with Stratman, is a sculptor and installation artist.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

From Interview Magazine:

 
MARCH 2012
“On any given day, the National Mall is peppered with demonstrators championing various causes, while holdouts from the Occupy movement can still be found voicing their message. It’s not surprising then, that many of the 25 installations—up through April—reference protest and political activism. Berlin artist group KUNSTrePUBLIK replicated a version of the Temperance Fountain, complete with a working fountain and equipped with a microphone and speakers, to act as a portable “protest vehicle” for anyone’s use. “We created this sculpture to be adaptable to the different needs of the area communities to make a better life,” described the collective’s Philip Horst. This weekend alone they brought it to a party where Fugazi singer and straightedge pioneer Ian MacKaye explored ideas of how best to use it for change, and later, many saw it as a memorial when it was brought to a vigil for slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
With Polygonal Address (PA) System,Chicago-based artists Deborah Stratman and Steven Badgett produced an homage to activist Abbie Hoffman who, during the Vietnam War, marched on Washington intending to “levitate the pentagon to exorcise the evil spirits” using psychic powers. For their part, Stratman and Badgett built a solar-powered, rotating mini-pentagon that hovers above the waters behind the Titanic Memorial, broadcasting a range of historical sound recordings and political addresses………..
Most moving of all, however, is Office of Experiment’s 1×1 comprised of 1,000 small vials of “tears,” water collected in Japan after the earthquake. Visitors are encouraged to pour the water on a cherry tree bringing about a symbolic rebirth. This act also reflects what Tokyo’s mayor hoped to do a century ago: promote an international exchange between the two continents encouraging new life and friendships to blossom. As evidenced this weekend, the vibrant 5×5 project is the start of a new era of tradition.”
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From BlackBook:

 
MARCH 27, 2012
“In the Southwest Waterfront area, visitors can discover Deborah Stratman & Steven Badgett’sPolygonal Address System, a spinning platform floating about 50 yards out on the Potomac River. As I approached, I was struck by the raucous sounds of political protests. Was there a nearby demonstration? Not today. It soon became apparent that the platform had loudspeakers fixed to the side of it. As the pentagonal structure rotated in the water, the speakers roared with the sounds of historic public addresses and protests, including speeches by public figures from Malcolm X to Ralph Nader.The Polygonal Address System was one of the more politically-charged elements of the 5×5 project. Steve Rowell, curator of the installation, described his perspective of the system, pointing out that viewers seemed to have varying reactions to the political speeches. He felt that some people enjoyed the speeches, while others appeared turned off by them, as if the art revealed something about each person’s political views. Rowell noted that some of these speeches were ‘complicating the argument of protests, public activism, democracy, and intolerance amongst so many Americans.'”