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Year

2018

Artist

Brian House


In computer science, “random access” is the logic that says any piece of information should be accessible in roughly the same amount of time. Hard disks are random access, computer memory is random access, and the internet itself is (almost) random access. This imparts a sense of arbitrariness to the digital systems we use every day. But this is at odds with how the human body relates to geographyour everyday spaces are assembled relationally, as they are lived. As a durational performance, I organized all aspects of my daily life at Maajaam so that traveling between any two sites of activity takes the same amount of time. A manual wheel-chart indicates the necessary re-routing and allows visitors to the farm to live in the same way. Doing this highlights the tension and poetry when human-centered ways of living meet machinic ones.

The installation was presented during Wild Bits 2018.