"Indigestion" is an interactive video installation in which we explored
what is at stake for the conventions of subjectivity in the presumption of
choice. (This project was made possible with the help of the Banff Centre
for the Arts.) Two dinner companions are projected from above onto a
horizontal screen which corresponds precisely to a life-size table and
hovers at table height. The familiarity and full-scale nature of the scene,
its liveness, is critical to the sense of transgression that the piece sets
up: when you walk into the installation, you walk into a private
conversation, the course of which you can re-direct.
An archetypal blackmail scenario is disguised in a repartee about food. The
dialogue, written by Douglas Cooper, is conceived for continuity in any
branching pattern. But as each new juxtaposition alters the event in
accordance with the chosen stereotype, the content remains strikingly
similar. As in classic noire, there is always a fatal deception of the
masculine by the feminine.
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