Pepper's House

 

    In 2015 I built a room at Parsons The New School for my (first of two) thesis in a duel degree program in Fine Arts and Screen Studies. This room was the domestic space of Pepper Johnson, the matriarch of a family of characters I had developed over the year. The walls of the room were covered in green screen and blue screen later to be replaced by Youtube footage and Google images. The room was filled with the above sculptures/props. On the night of thesis I invited the public to perform, three people at a time, as either: mom, step boyfriend/dad, or baby, these options were not limited by age or gender. While in line, the participants would read one of the five short scripts I had written. Each group of three participants would enter the space, and Pepper ( in her 6 foot high directors chair), with a full film crew, would direct them in 10 min videos. The room acted as her domestic space, in which, the surreal sculptures gave context for her inner world. The scripts included working in George Bush's war factory, giving birth to each other, and talking in tongues among other fun exercise's. The culmination of 10 videos is being edited currently, though the instillation can be set up and brought back to life at any time. The piece was featured on the Parson's website permanent archive as well as on The School for Social Engagement's website. Below is a link to the Indiegogo video I created to fund the work. This became a  video piece in itself: https://vimeo.com/122606164

 

 

In 2015 I built a room at Parsons The New School for my (first of two) thesis in a duel degree program in Fine Arts and Screen Studies. This room was the domestic space of Pepper Johnson, the matriarch of a family of characters I had developed over the year. The walls of the room were covered in green screen and blue screen later to be replaced by Youtube footage and Google images. The room was filled with the above sculptures/props. On the night of thesis I invited the public to perform, three people at a time, as either: mom, step boyfriend/dad, or baby, these options were not limited by age or gender. While in line, the participants would read one of the five short scripts I had written. Each group of three participants would enter the space, and Pepper ( in her 6 foot high directors chair), with a full film crew, would direct them in 10 min videos. The room acted as her domestic space, in which, the surreal sculptures gave context for her inner world. The scripts included working in George Bush's war factory, giving birth to each other, and talking in tongues among other fun exercise's. The culmination of 10 videos is being edited currently, though the instillation can be set up and brought back to life at any time. The piece was featured on the Parson's website permanent archive as well as on The School for Social Engagement's website. Below is a link to the Indiegogo video I created to fund the work. This became a  video piece in itself:

https://vimeo.com/122606164