This was a (primarily) interactive installation investigating the often playful, frothy and dysfunctional relationship we have with our technology.
The aging technological hub of our homes, the Entertainment Center is parodied in the centerpiece of the show, ‘Tiny Boxes’. Easing into a recliner and interacting with a seemingly frivolous collection of small apps projected onto the wall provides a perplexing form of entertainment. The experience of multi-tasking our free time provides little time for reflection or mental quiet.
Our national pastime of playing with and endlessly discussing our food is the subject of ‘Cakebuild’. Once again, the user is allowed to make themselves comfortable, sit down and build a virtual cake using a simple app that introduces ritual and symbolism into the edible vessel of our collective celebration.
The promise of science to improve the longevity and understanding of life regardless of consequence is explored in ‘Evolution’, a looped animation projected onto a small glass fishbowl. Viewers are invited to approach the piece and watch a small insect morphing through several stages of evolution both natural and artificial resulting in it’s eventual demise.
I created the ‘Shrine’ to posit religion as a form of entertainment. Whether this practice conflicts or is simply overwhelmed by the omnipresence of technology in our lives remains to be seen. Nothing requires faith to work any longer. So much can be proven by prototype. Do we have more faith in Amazon and operating systems than god?
‘Sitchomp’ is a supercut of short sitcom clips set to music. It is an attempt to reveal a more more dark-spirited narrative of this iconic staple of American entertainment by cutting out the intended ‘jokes’ and laugh track, leaving only the awkward and serious moments between them. It continuously loops, sidestepping any narrative resolution or comedic payoff.