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Bent Chair

The idea here was simple–to take a chair and bend it. You can see how the legs are slightly torqued, the back is crooked. It functions as an anthropomorphic presence, of sorts. I liked it as a person in these night shots. And I tend to admire its legs.

Its pretty much a piece of trash, but I do keep it around the studio. When I see it, it talks to me about beds, tables, domestic spaces, and our perpendicular relationship to the floor. Projecting this gesture forward into new space, I would like to twist, torque, or bend some other perpendicular system in a much more substantive way.


Megahal Grandmommy

Megahal Grandmommy is a chatbot program I trained as a surrogate for my real grandmother, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers. In a private performance over the course of a number of months I conversed with this program, airing thoughts and fears for her situation, discussing events in our lives, and exploring the space around this impending loss. In later stages of existence, the piece has been installed as a program for viewers to interact with, exploring and piecing together a narrative with the fragments hidden in the program’s replies. The chatbot technology was chosen for this project specifically because of its limitations–the dysfunctional and fractured conversation which it is capable of seemed a suitable analogy for the degradation of communication I expect with my grandmother as her situation progresses. This piece functioned as a cathartic unpacking, a rehearsal for loss, and an inscription of a very particular textual, interactive portrait–and it has provided entirely unexpected moments of humor and relief.

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