Chris Shofner

Text Me (2008)

Performance, Video, Audio

In "Text Me" I interact with the audience and ask them to react and conform to predetermined signals and requests made on the projected video. First audience members are asked to send a text message to anyone they wish. Then as the musical performance progresses video cues prompt the audience to send me a text message. At first the work seems manipulative, but it evolves into an issue of privacy. Not only has the artist’s private space been destroyed by divulging his personal cell phone number, but many others will have willingly committed their name, phone number and answer to a predetermined question which may possibly be displayed in real-time on the video projection. The cell phone becomes a metaphor for the destruction of private space. It is with this device, the cell phone that we can be reached at almost any place at any time.

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