“Qaeda Quality Question Quickly Quickly Quiet” – Lenka Clayton

“Qaeda Quality Question Quickly Quickly Quiet” is a video piece by Lenka Clayton, produced in 2004. By rearranging the infamous “State ofthe Union” address of George W. Bush and his delcaration of “war on terror”, Clayton performed an exposure of language in its emptiness and danger, in the best DADA spirit.


Lenka Clayton (b. 1977) is a British conceptual artist whose work considers, exaggerates and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd.

In previous works she has hand-numbered 7,000 stones; searched for all 613 people mentioned in a single edition of a German newspaper;filmed one person of each age from 1 to 100, and reconstituted a lost museum from a sketch on the back of an envelope. She and writer Michael Crowe are currently in the middle of writing a unique, personal letter to every household in the world.  Her work has been exhibited widely including the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, FRAC Le Plateau in Paris, Kunsthalle St. Gallen in Switzerland, Anthology Film Archives in New York City, a Danish mediaeval tower, Tehran International Documentary Festival in Iran and just after the evening news on Channel 4 TV in the U.K., as well as in publications including Frieze, Art & Agenda, and Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology.