Paintball Robot

This installation draws attention to the unproductive discussion on gun control which has continued to dominate the U.S. political environment for the past several years. Visitors were prompted to speak into a microphone with the question “What Do You Think of Me?” in relation to the presence of a visible weapon. The user’s speech triggered a firing mechanism and as their volume increased to try and overpower the gun the firing moved vertically along a mixed-media canvas and subsequently started hitting the more fragile material portions. The resulting deterioration of the canvas represents how the shouting match between two sides of this larger debate is both unproductive and destructive, represented by the resulting accumulation of debris on the gallery floor.

*In collaboration with Shannon Case & Travis Chambers

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