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eat me

Alice Yuan Zhang Opened March 26th, 2021 View 3D Gallery
Poster image for eat me

Statement:

What’s your digital diet like these days?

It's okay to be here. Compost your virtual traumas in this soft and liminal digestive sequence...

A cocoon beyond quarantine downs and scrolling spirals, 'eat me' treats weary cyborgs to a process of antiviral remedials, body protocols, hyphal rewebbings, and viscous mental furniture.

Load into slow, somatic intelligence.

Feel better soon.

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︴Sound design by Alexander Babbitt
︴Technical support from Benny Lichtner

Artworks in this room:

The GUI's Mental Model of a User

A composite of the bodily senses we most heavily rely on to interface with our devices, derived from an illustration first introduced by Scott R. Klemmer, B. Hartmann, and L. Takayama.

The Glitch Fountain

We reclaim agency as our own technologists. We center the needs of QTBIPOC and sex workers, with trust as currency and safety as mutual aid. We stretch and subvert our attention beyond what is convenient toward what is life-affirming. We embody our whole selves and witness each other, beyond the algorithmic reach of parasitic entities. We consent for content to corrupt, mutate, and degrade over time, recognizing this as a crucial process of all natural cycles. We uphold ecosystems that align with our own definitions of care.

ፈ¹¹-Ꮒ¹¹-ᏁᎧ²

Gut bacteria generate a potent neuroprotective antioxidant, indole propionic acid (IPA), with the aide of fiber-rich foods. What textural, frictional matter can feed the naturally interdependent relations within ourselves and each other?

Lake of Temporal Residue

The dominant networks are parasitic by design. You are not alone in experiencing any of the following... * scrollastalgia * commodification-induced nausea * fear of being algorithmically tracked * quantification of social capital * looming feelings of guilt or doom * binarization of complex issues * dissociation from lived experiences * swings between overwhelm and desensitization

Gut Flora

As Arturo Escobar notes, 'Every tool or technology is ontological in the sense that, however humbly or minutely, it inaugurates a set of rituals, ways of doing, and modes of being. It contributes to shaping what it is to be human.' Who is digesting and who is being digested?

C̶̨̤̬͖̫̻̔͂̈́̉̃̀̒̾̈R̸̺̬̈͒̎͛̽̂Y̵̡͈̖̼̺̙͋̓̓̔P̴̛̤͍̼̟̺̬̼͖͓̂̐̒͋̑́̑͝ͅT̶̨̟͕̗̓̎̉Ö̴͖͔̱̘͇̠̪͎̼́̀̾̆̚͝͠P̷̦̤̪̊̚H̵̢̨͖̜̟̼͚͈̞̪̒̒A̸̧̞̙̘͍̱̔̈́̆͊̂̍̍̈́N̶͇̻̝͕̲̱͛̈́

We intake tryptophan, an amino acid to be converted into essential molecules like serotonin and melatonin. How do we securely derive life-affirming signals across digital morsels in exchange?

Gut Flora

As Arturo Escobar notes, 'Every tool or technology is ontological in the sense that, however humbly or minutely, it inaugurates a set of rituals, ways of doing, and modes of being. It contributes to shaping what it is to be human.' Who is digesting and who is being digested?

ፈ¹¹-Ꮒ¹¹-ᏁᎧ²

Gut bacteria generate a potent neuroprotective antioxidant, indole propionic acid (IPA), with the aide of fiber-rich foods. What textural, frictional matter can feed the naturally interdependent relations within ourselves and each other?

C̶̨̤̬͖̫̻̔͂̈́̉̃̀̒̾̈R̸̺̬̈͒̎͛̽̂Y̵̡͈̖̼̺̙͋̓̓̔P̴̛̤͍̼̟̺̬̼͖͓̂̐̒͋̑́̑͝ͅT̶̨̟͕̗̓̎̉Ö̴͖͔̱̘͇̠̪͎̼́̀̾̆̚͝͠P̷̦̤̪̊̚H̵̢̨͖̜̟̼͚͈̞̪̒̒A̸̧̞̙̘͍̱̔̈́̆͊̂̍̍̈́N̶͇̻̝͕̲̱͛̈́

We intake tryptophan, an amino acid to be converted into essential molecules like serotonin and melatonin. How do we securely derive life-affirming signals across digital morsels in exchange?

C̶̨̤̬͖̫̻̔͂̈́̉̃̀̒̾̈R̸̺̬̈͒̎͛̽̂Y̵̡͈̖̼̺̙͋̓̓̔P̴̛̤͍̼̟̺̬̼͖͓̂̐̒͋̑́̑͝ͅT̶̨̟͕̗̓̎̉Ö̴͖͔̱̘͇̠̪͎̼́̀̾̆̚͝͠P̷̦̤̪̊̚H̵̢̨͖̜̟̼͚͈̞̪̒̒A̸̧̞̙̘͍̱̔̈́̆͊̂̍̍̈́N̶͇̻̝͕̲̱͛̈́

We intake tryptophan, an amino acid to be converted into essential molecules like serotonin and melatonin. How do we securely derive life-affirming signals across digital morsels in exchange?

Gut Flora

As Arturo Escobar notes, 'Every tool or technology is ontological in the sense that, however humbly or minutely, it inaugurates a set of rituals, ways of doing, and modes of being. It contributes to shaping what it is to be human.' Who is digesting and who is being digested?

A Return to Someplace New

I invite you to come sow seeds at Open Garden, a plot of soil outside my window that is currently livestreaming via solar to the distributed web. Open Garden is a durational participatory performance, experimenting with the potentiality of our online attention and the labor of digital sovereignty. Instructions are freely negotiated by site visitors throughout each week, then carried out by me. Over an initial course of a month, Open Garden acts as substrate for active reflection. Can we begin to decommodify our attention and reclaim digital agency? Where might we direct that attention, and what grows from it? How do we negotiate individual instincts with collective responsibility? What does it mean to govern ourselves in consideration of pace, place, and perspective?

Open Garden

ፈ¹¹-Ꮒ¹¹-ᏁᎧ²

Gut bacteria generate a potent neuroprotective antioxidant, indole propionic acid (IPA), with the aide of fiber-rich foods. What textural, frictional matter can feed the naturally interdependent relations within ourselves and each other?

Gut Flora

As Arturo Escobar notes, 'Every tool or technology is ontological in the sense that, however humbly or minutely, it inaugurates a set of rituals, ways of doing, and modes of being. It contributes to shaping what it is to be human.' Who is digesting and who is being digested?

Gut Flora

As Arturo Escobar notes, 'Every tool or technology is ontological in the sense that, however humbly or minutely, it inaugurates a set of rituals, ways of doing, and modes of being. It contributes to shaping what it is to be human.' Who is digesting and who is being digested?

Gut Flora

As Arturo Escobar notes, 'Every tool or technology is ontological in the sense that, however humbly or minutely, it inaugurates a set of rituals, ways of doing, and modes of being. It contributes to shaping what it is to be human.' Who is digesting and who is being digested?

Gut Flora

As Arturo Escobar notes, 'Every tool or technology is ontological in the sense that, however humbly or minutely, it inaugurates a set of rituals, ways of doing, and modes of being. It contributes to shaping what it is to be human.' Who is digesting and who is being digested?

Gut Flora

As Arturo Escobar notes, 'Every tool or technology is ontological in the sense that, however humbly or minutely, it inaugurates a set of rituals, ways of doing, and modes of being. It contributes to shaping what it is to be human.' Who is digesting and who is being digested?

Transcript of Somatic Meditation

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