The Alices, 2013
A Sculptural Opera in One Act
Installation view at The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
The first of these objects are the Nue Morte, a special porcelain dish using custom-designed augmented reality software that allows a viewer to see a perversely erotic illusion: a naked woman lying across one’s food. Viewed through an clickable application easily uploaded from the Internet and installed on a smart phone, the tossing and turning body of the Nue Morte evokes early Surrealist cinema: a beautiful nude torso overrun by “artificially intelligent” cockroaches to create an intentionally paradoxical contradiction in terms of life and of death.
The second work is a piece of conceptual software created by designer Alon Zouartez. Zouartez’s Spinabook takes an original text and processes it by using a legal form of plagiarism, substituting words with their synonyms to create a legitimate but unethical clone.
In The Alices, Hart spins a short excerpt of Lewis Carroll’s original Alice in Wonderland, to create a text that slowly devolves as it is repetitively cloned. After six variations, the excerpt comes to mean its opposite – a succinct demonstration of the perversion of truth that occurs when things “go viral” on our public media.