Steve Gleason doesn’t take “no” for an answer. And neither does the Ability Hackathon: Eye Gaze team, one of more than 2,200 participating in this [ …]
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Undaddy Mainframe (2014) is based on VNS Matrix’s A Cyberfeminist Manifesto for the 21st Century (1991) with thanks to Josephine Starrs, Julianne Pierce, Francesca da Rimini and Virginia Barratt. Materials: A Cyberfeminist Manifesto for the 21st Century (1991), HD Green Screen Hand Gesture For iPad Animation (2013), Kids Guide to the Internet (1997), Komputer Tutor: Komputer Kindergarten (1993), The Exorcist (1973) and Googled internet images.
In late 2009, a document containing all of the text messages that were sent in Manhattan on September 11th, 2001 were anonymously leaked to the public. The document, over 35,000 pages long, operates as a new kind of history of the event.
For this work, the transcripts of the messages were edited down into 5 separate documents, with each document containing only the messages which included one of the following phrases: I Love You, Be Safe, Where Are You, Please Call Me, or Come Home. In the work that is about to be shown, each performer was asked to read aloud from one of the edited transcripts.
The video clips of the performers reading the messages are then randomly selected by a computer program and then are presented on one of the 5 screens, creating a spontaneous play of chance and encounter in which the different speakers can both speak to one another as well as over one another. The chaotic functioning of each computer program ensures that the work as a whole will always generate unique and unpredictable combinations of the videos.
Pittsburgh as the center of the cyborg world.