Now on Rhizome's front page is Antonym of Direction in the Curiosity Gap, a one-act play and hyperlinked script by Shireen Ahmed.
Text from the artist's everyday online conversations were repurposed as the script for this absurdist play. The play was read aloud for the first time, on camera, by Real Live Online curators Lucas G. Pinheiro and Devin Kenny. Throughout the performance, Ahmed stood with her back to the camera, conducting internet searches based on words in the script. A screen recording of this online activity is embedded within the video documentation of their cold reading. The video documentation and hyperlinked script can be viewed at antonymofdirectioninthecuriositygapaoneactplaybyshireenahmed.com.
The artist notes that "language spoken through and from the web becomes full of ambiguous possibility, but also sterile, a sad sort of neutral, the kind of contentment that traps."
This is the fourth work presented as part of Real Live Online, curated by Lucas G. Pinheiro and Devin Kenny.