—Will Murray, "Postcards from Mars," Starlog magazine, May 1990
It turns out that the Art Institute of Chicago placard that stated that Gretchen Bender's 1987 work is "named after the Paul Verhoeven film" isn't inaccurate, but it's still confusing, because Verhoeven wasn't hired to direct Total Recall until the year after Bender's work premiered ("named before the Paul Verhoeven film" would probably have only made things more confusing). According to Art in America magazine, "Bender's work was completed and made public before the director's 1990 Hollywood blockbuster, which the artist read production notices about in movie industry trade papers and from which she cribbed the title."
Want to be more confused? Allow Red Bull Arts to pour you its version of the story:
"Although her work debuted three years ahead of the movie’s release, Bender's title comes from the Paul Verhoeven film Total Recall (1984), which is based on the Philip K. Dick short story 'We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.'"
So, if you want to forget how time and math work and subtract three years instead of adding three, drink Red Bull.
Remembering things, wholesale or otherwise, can be a tricky business.