performance series, 2010-2012
Dusting-off and feigning the old trick of ventriloquism to reflect how we perform and interact as disembodied beings via social media.
In a series of live and recorded performances with Hector (ventriloquist dummy as interlocutor), I enacted, attracted and engaged actual online “voices” in conversation with this anachronistic 'virtual' being.
This body of work includes:
The Dummy Is Present, a live media performance which took place simultaneously online, on Chatroulette.com, and in front of a live audience--participation was encouraged;
On Display, a video in which Hector performed personal ads from the m4w section of craigslist;
Reenactment of Vito Acconci's Seedbed, a live performance based on Acconci's seminal 1972 work, with live video projection;
Other short performances prototyped at Experimental Comedy Training Camp, a residency at The Banff Centre, 2012 (contact the artist for links to password protected videos); and
Social Media--Twitter and Tumblr accounts and a Facebook page.
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