Skype Heartbreak Show is an interactive installation exploring the decay of a long-distance, romantic relationship through the filters of unreliable technology.
During the performance, the audience witnesses the development of the couple’s relationship, as mediated by the technologies through which the characters communicate. The storyline is dynamic, changing according to the movement of the audience within the performance space. Members of the audience are both spectators and actors in this digital love story.
The performance explores the nature of glitch. Technology, like us, has the potential to act in spastic, violent, unpredictable ways. In glitch, data decays. Over enough time, the repositories of our modern lives (e-mails, instant messages, shared pictures and videos) inevitably decay into a state of legacy and incoherence. The information becomes unreliable, even for the machines that originally transmitted and cached them. Digital memory becomes no more reliable than human memory.
The Chimney from July 24-August 2. 2015 (Brooklyn, NY)
NYU Game Center MFA Show on May 22, 2015 (Brooklyn, NY)
NYU Forum for Site Specific Installations on April 25, 2015 (New York, NY)