Thank U, Text

This is a 2-channel video performance in which I repeatedly attempt to break up with myself. The script originated as a series of messages I sent to myself using a text prediction app on my phone.


Two screens face each other in the gallery - I am in bed looking at myself and acting out the break up as both instigator and recipient. 


This work explores what happens when embodied emotional states are mediated and expressed through technology-driven communication platforms. What poetry emerges? What slippages occur? In this hyper-emotional situation, I try to deal with my own shortcomings and failures as a human, whilst also being failed by the technology with which I am trying to express myself. The result has the uncanny familiarity of a break up, but meaning is constantly deferred and values are misplaced by a technocratic lexicon that doesn’t understand deep sadness.

Concept and performance by Roslyn Helper

With thanks to Priya Pavri

Exhibited at SEVENTH Gallery

April, 2019

2-channel video with sound, 00:09:47

Thank U, Text

Video still from "Thank U, Text" by Roslyn Helper