Adrian Piper is a conceptual artist and philosopher. Cornered was at the SAM recently and she also had a piece at the Henry in The Talent Show.
When installed, there are two birth certificates for the same person on either side of the screen hung on the wall. The video was installed on a CRT tv in the corner of a room, with successively larger rows of chairs in front of it,starting with one chair right in front of the screen. The screen is cornered in by a big table so that Adrian speaks to you from a 'trapped' position. She remains deadpan, serious, and forthright throughout the message. One birth certificate listed "white" and one listed "octoroon."