Mansplaining Help Desk
Mansplaining Help Desk

An interactive performance that played with notions of institutional authority. During gallery receptions, the desk was staffed by actors, young white men who were not given any prior information about the feminist artwork on display. Despite their intentional ignorance, these men eagerly over-explained and analyzed the work at length to any approaching gallery visitor. In each interaction, utter and varying nonsense was portrayed as authoritatively as possible, for as long as possible.

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Siri. Your Wish is its Command.

Siri is an iPhone application that is marketed as a personal assistant. The ad copy on Apple’s website reads, “Siri. Your wish is its command.” Apple presents Siri as simply a companionable, genderless aid; however, the name and voice of the software happen to be female.

Some male consumers react with aggression when interacting with Siri. Online, there are numerous examples of men posting videos of themselves speaking to Siri as if she is a submissive sexual slave. Siri has a variety of programmed answers, which allow her to demurely respond to the harassment.

In this piece, found Youtube footage of men sexually harassing their phones exists alongside staged shots of the artist performing for the camera. She unsuccessfully attempts to form a bond of emotional intimacy with Siri.

Mansplaining Help Desk
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Siri. Your Wish is its Command.
Mansplaining Help Desk

An interactive performance that played with notions of institutional authority. During gallery receptions, the desk was staffed by actors, young white men who were not given any prior information about the feminist artwork on display. Despite their intentional ignorance, these men eagerly over-explained and analyzed the work at length to any approaching gallery visitor. In each interaction, utter and varying nonsense was portrayed as authoritatively as possible, for as long as possible.

Adorn
Siri. Your Wish is its Command.

Siri is an iPhone application that is marketed as a personal assistant. The ad copy on Apple’s website reads, “Siri. Your wish is its command.” Apple presents Siri as simply a companionable, genderless aid; however, the name and voice of the software happen to be female.

Some male consumers react with aggression when interacting with Siri. Online, there are numerous examples of men posting videos of themselves speaking to Siri as if she is a submissive sexual slave. Siri has a variety of programmed answers, which allow her to demurely respond to the harassment.

In this piece, found Youtube footage of men sexually harassing their phones exists alongside staged shots of the artist performing for the camera. She unsuccessfully attempts to form a bond of emotional intimacy with Siri.

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