Denise Hawrysio : The Spotlight Project.
Founded in 1927, The Spotlight is the entertainment industry’s primary casting resource. When I acquired several 1993 editions some years ago, I began by cutting out the faces and rebinding the books; subsequently, video, carbon copy drawings, photographs and site-specific installations have emerged. The Spotlight directory is an artefact of our spectacle-driven society where status hangs on one’s performance within a fast-moving and implacable economy. Peter Sellers’ tortured and shifting personality reflected the power of this system over the individual: “If you ask me to play myself, I will not know what to do. I do not know who or what I am. There used to be a me behind the mask, but I had it surgically removed.”
(Sellers speaking to Kermit the Frog on The Muppet Show television series in 1977.)