In September 1997, Kathleen O’Shea and I collaborated on The Program, an installation for Hybrid exhibition at Gallery 2 in Chicago. For the installation we created low-tech animatronic stuffed animals who converse with one another about an incident they witnessed. Hybrid was part of the the Eighth International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) ’97.
Mike Anthony provided technical assistance with sound design.
From the artist statement:
This current body of work is a loaf between “the real” from a storybook character, the Velveteen rabbit and “the real” that Lacan states in psychoanalytic theory. This reinstatement of the real to reality is constructed through language. The dialogue between the cat, the rabbit over junkie dalmatian was similar to a dialogue we heard on 55th and Western at 4 o’clock, July 8th, 1997.