I published SCREENSHOTS, a collection of very short stories, in spring of 2017. Email or DM me if you would like a copy.
#InstaRoadTrip2016 was an social media performance piece that I executed in January of 2016. In short, the project was a month-long virtual journey from New York to California — a classic American voyage of youthful soul-searching and self-discovery — made entirely on Instagram. Using other people's photos that were geotagged along my route, I "explored" local culture, "met" various characters and told "their" stories. I thought #InstaRoadTrip2016 might remind us that we no longer simply go places and photograph what happens, but what happens is a function of what we photograph. I hoped the project would highlight the blurry line between fact and fiction in an era when many use social media to author their lives.
In summer of 2016, I launched CONFESSION with collaborator Gregor Hochmuth, a project that is a bit like a combination of Post Secret and Chat Roulette, with a little old school Catholicism injected into it. Much to our surprise, we ended up receiving thousands of calls, and getting a fair about of press about the project. Here's an INTERVIEW I did for an Israeli news program (segment starts at 9:25).
On a day in March of 2016, I pretended to get stuck in an elevator. I wrote the story of my experience in text messages sent to a fictitious woman I'd recently "met" on Tinder, and published it in "real" time.
A kid points to a spot and with total certainty says, “Look mom and dad! Look at my friend Steve.” The adults look and see no one, then turn to each other with raised eyebrows that say, “How adorable,” or, “Uh oh,” depending on their little guy’s age. Regardless of the nature of their reaction, what they’re doing is silently meeting on a common ground built upon the hard fact of Steve’s “unrealness.” Their child's reality — the one in which Steve stands there clear as day — is suddenly unpopular, outnumbered, netting a measly 1 point in this particular game of Family Feud. And so, the parents cross their fingers and hope junior grows out of what would certainly, over time, morph from being considered popularly cute to popularly worrisome to popularly insane.
LETTERS TO IMAGINARY FRIENDS was an epistolary performance project that explored how much real value can lie in beings that we all agree to be unreal. Last October at HAND & DETAIL Gallery (644 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY), writer Gideon Jacobs penned letters to figments of his imagination, and invited the surrounding community to contribute to the project by drawing portraits of these unreal characters. The windows of the gallery served as the active collaborative arena, displaying that day’s letter and its corresponding illustrations, while the interior walls served as the project’s archive.
The goal of Letters to Imaginary Friends was to engage the neighborhood's residents and pedestrians with fictitious realities, decoupling worth from truth. The hope was to find some weight in what is, of course, weightless.