Personal Bubble
Navigating the Personal Bubble (2012)
Navigating the Personal Bubble, created specifically for the RISD Museum, and recently added to the museumís collection, investigates public privacy and how we use personal technology to create our own cocoons when we’re in public spaces.

The three-channel video and sound installation, Alone in Public (2012), is a compilation of short video portraits depicting friends and acquaintances working alone on their laptops in cafés, libraries, and other public settings. The footage was captured by their computers’ built-in cameras; each portrait was then sent to me, forming the source material for three looped video projections. Building on observations made in Alone in Public, a vinyl wall text, Gestures (2012), lists a taxonomy of subtle behaviors that we all seem to share when we are immersed in our personal bubbles.

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