36,000 Words Under A Gemini Moon

A video work in which I invited Keren, a woman I met on Tinder and dated for a while, to recite the text message script of our relationship to each other, in front of the camera. Filmed over two hours and traversing the 36,000 words we exchanged whilst dating, the work explores language, technology and emotional sensation. What is the difference between sending an emotional text message, and expressing that emotional message in-person? What does texting allow us to communicate that would be too hard IRL, and simultaneously, what is lost in the transfer of a message from one phone to another? It was a funny, awkward, cathartic, sad and beautiful experience.

Concept by Roslyn Helper

Developed and performed with Keren Leizerovitz

Thanks to Peter Fitzgibbon, Steven Lattuca and Stephanie King

Exhibited at After Technology, UTS Gallery, Sydney

February, 2019

3-channel video with sound, 00:41:28

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Video Still, 2019 Roslyn Helper