Christmas Hauls

Christmas hauls are a subgenre within YouTube, featuring women and girls showing and telling what they received for Christmas.

Hair Straighteners

Christmas hauls are a subgenre within YouTube, featuring women and girls showing and telling what they received for Christmas.

Lip Pots
YouTube Tween Reenactment 1

A few years ago, a new online trend emerged. American girls began posting videos on YouTube asking commenters to tell them if they were pretty or ugly. As anyone who has spent time on YouTube knows, Internet commenters are not known for their kindness and tact, so the responses to these videos were quite vicious. This work pairs found YouTube clips of tweens alongside staged reenactments. Older, adult women attempt to perform verbatim reenactments of these adolescent pleas for validations These women and girls have never met, yet they are connected. 

YouTube Tween Reenactment 2

A few years ago, a new online trend emerged. American girls began posting videos on YouTube asking commenters to tell them if they were pretty or ugly. As anyone who has spent time on YouTube knows, Internet commenters are not known for their kindness and tact, so the responses to these videos were quite vicious. This work pairs found YouTube clips of tweens alongside staged reenactments. Older, adult women attempt to perform verbatim reenactments of these adolescent pleas for validations These women and girls have never met, yet they are connected. 

The YouTube Feminist Discourse

This video work was created in response to an discomforting conversation with a young undergraduate who told me she was grateful for the feminists of the past, but didn’t understand why women were still engaging in activism since equality has already been achieved.

On YouTube, conversations between video creators happen in very specific ways. People respond to videos with reply videos, and there are subsequent replies to the reply videos. Big issues like religion, politics, philosophy, etc. are argued with every sort of person joining in. One of the best examples of this phenomenon is the ongoing YouTube debate on feminism. This debate is passionate, yet nonsensical. Interactions are occurring, yet each participant is essentially arguing alone in a room with no need to pause and listen while the other person speaks.

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 myself unsuccessfully attempting to form a bond of emotional intimacy with Siri.

Lana Del Rey Makeup Tutorials

Lana Del Rey is an American pop star who has received a great deal of hate online. She has often been criticized for her perceived lack of authenticity. Music blogs derisively describe her surgeries, new wardrobe and stage name. Still, a great number of girls and women strive to look like her and even post videos online teaching others how to mimic her appearance. In this work, re-edited audio and video footage from some of her music videos exists alongside 72 YouTube makeup tutorials featuring girls and women showing others how to use makeup to look more like Lana Del Rey.

Christmas Hauls
Hair Straighteners
Lip Pots
YouTube Tween Reenactment 1
YouTube Tween Reenactment 2
The YouTube Feminist Discourse
Siri. Your Wish is its Command.
Lana Del Rey Makeup Tutorials
Christmas Hauls

Christmas hauls are a subgenre within YouTube, featuring women and girls showing and telling what they received for Christmas.

Hair Straighteners

Christmas hauls are a subgenre within YouTube, featuring women and girls showing and telling what they received for Christmas.

Lip Pots
YouTube Tween Reenactment 1

A few years ago, a new online trend emerged. American girls began posting videos on YouTube asking commenters to tell them if they were pretty or ugly. As anyone who has spent time on YouTube knows, Internet commenters are not known for their kindness and tact, so the responses to these videos were quite vicious. This work pairs found YouTube clips of tweens alongside staged reenactments. Older, adult women attempt to perform verbatim reenactments of these adolescent pleas for validations These women and girls have never met, yet they are connected. 

YouTube Tween Reenactment 2

A few years ago, a new online trend emerged. American girls began posting videos on YouTube asking commenters to tell them if they were pretty or ugly. As anyone who has spent time on YouTube knows, Internet commenters are not known for their kindness and tact, so the responses to these videos were quite vicious. This work pairs found YouTube clips of tweens alongside staged reenactments. Older, adult women attempt to perform verbatim reenactments of these adolescent pleas for validations These women and girls have never met, yet they are connected. 

The YouTube Feminist Discourse

This video work was created in response to an discomforting conversation with a young undergraduate who told me she was grateful for the feminists of the past, but didn’t understand why women were still engaging in activism since equality has already been achieved.

On YouTube, conversations between video creators happen in very specific ways. People respond to videos with reply videos, and there are subsequent replies to the reply videos. Big issues like religion, politics, philosophy, etc. are argued with every sort of person joining in. One of the best examples of this phenomenon is the ongoing YouTube debate on feminism. This debate is passionate, yet nonsensical. Interactions are occurring, yet each participant is essentially arguing alone in a room with no need to pause and listen while the other person speaks.

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 myself unsuccessfully attempting to form a bond of emotional intimacy with Siri.

Lana Del Rey Makeup Tutorials

Lana Del Rey is an American pop star who has received a great deal of hate online. She has often been criticized for her perceived lack of authenticity. Music blogs derisively describe her surgeries, new wardrobe and stage name. Still, a great number of girls and women strive to look like her and even post videos online teaching others how to mimic her appearance. In this work, re-edited audio and video footage from some of her music videos exists alongside 72 YouTube makeup tutorials featuring girls and women showing others how to use makeup to look more like Lana Del Rey.

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