i want to feel you vibrate in my hands*
Part of the exhibition Second Selves, Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA, curated by Alexis Anais Avedisian and presented by Pat Falco.
I want to feel you vibrate in my hands* is an interactive installation of a prose poem formatted on an iPhone 5 and an unmade bed with two pillows and lace sheets. Viewers were tempted to lay within the installation and browse the text fields on the phone, which compiled a conversational thread of messages I had sent to myself in the autumn of 2014. Celina Colby of Art New England Magazine wrote the below text about the work.
The texts serve as a kind of diary of her emotional state. They are dramatically personal, relating to her relationship with a former lover and her relationship to herself. ‘It’s almost impossible to discuss intimacy without also referencing the role consumer technology has in orchestrating it,’ says Avedisian. ‘My own former devices, while rarely activated, serve me as cherished diaries.’ By lying in the bed and reading someone’s text messages, the viewer is trespassing on one of the most private moments of contemporary life.