8 December 20055 small videos about interruption and disappearing
nods with a knowing smirk to 70s conceptual and performance art via the filter of a computer keyboard. Using their own digital images as maleable matter, the duo of M. River and T. Whid play brief, witty tricks on themselvesor rather, invite the viewer to do it to them. Thus one can choose to pixellate their faces to a greater or lesser degree, or turn T. Whids image on or off, and so on. The decision making is done through point-and-click: the viewer clicks the lights on button, and poor M. River, whos been snoozing happily on screen, is woken up by bright lights. (One can then be kind and put the fellow back to sleep by clicking lights off.) Though light hearted, these quick interactive games engage the viewer to make choices that affect another human beingor do they? The sticking pin of 70s performance art was that real bodies were involved, and as the viewer, you were either an active or a passive participant in what really happened to them.