Jessica, 2019

A performance that traces the origins of the name Jessica to Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and then goes on to compare the story of the original Jessica to Baby in Dirty Dancing. In both stories, a young Jewish woman runs off with a dumb, but handsome goy. Dad’s angry.  

Jessica Manafort, 2018

In 2007, Jessica Manafort released her first feature length film, a teen drama called Remember the Daze. In 2018, Paul Manafort was indicted on charges including lying to the federal government and financial crimes. This video reimagines Remember the Daze as a film about money laundering.

Wonder Woman (764), 2017

A video that addresses Wonder Woman’s relationship to her dad, Zeus. Wonder Woman (764) borrows imagery and language from Emily Dickinson’s poem 764 (My life had stood a loaded gun), in order to think about what it means to be a weapon.

Sign Here, 2017

A performance lecture that explains the genetics and social implications of red hair. Jessica Chastain is compared to two other female avatars: 4chan’s Vivian James and Pierre Huyghe’s AnnLee.  

The Surface of Mars, 2016

The actress Jessica Chastain appears in three films: Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. In each of these films, JC plays a high-achieving career woman who suffers from depression.

A Tribute to Jessica Chastain, 2015

A performance lecture in the form of a toast. Despite having it all, Jessica Chastain is depressed. Depression is an atmosphere that permeates everything, connecting bodies in space. Join us, for a tribute to Jessica Chastain!

:/nterstellar, 2015

Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar is (among other things) a love story between a father and his daughter. Oedipal metaphors are everywhere. Jessica Chastain is a drone, operated from a remote location. Matthew McConaughey is a remote location.

Zero Dark Birthday, 2014

A video about military operations, stealth helicopters and camouflage. Military tactics are a psychic landscape. The depressed subject disappears into her environment.

JUMPSUIT (ongoing)

An ongoing collaborative effort called the Rational Dress Society, co-founded with experiemental designer Abigail Glaum-Lathbury.  JUMPSUIT is an ungendered mongarment to replace all clothes in perpetuity. What if you never had to pick out an outfit again?

Arts Research Cooperative (ongoing)

An experimental art school. An exercise in reparative pedagogy for the paranoid university. The first session was held in Los Angeles over the summer of 2018.