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   Nell Tenhaaf
UCBM (you could be me)
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1999 [colour, 3 min. 57 sec.]
(interactive video installation with motion sensors, touch interface, computer, videodisc, sound; electronics and programming by Jeff Mann)

Viewers experience a "test" of their adaptation to artificial empathy. A speaking female shown as a video projection is the artist's surrogate in the setup, an intensely self-absorbed persona but funny too. Her script revolves around ironic scientific and theoretical commentary, and she also solicits from viewers as much input and intimacy as she can get. She wants to make a portrait of who viewers are by assessing their willingness to relate, then she gives each interactant a score and a personalized “adaptation pattern”.
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