November 22, 2012
Audiovisual component of the 2009 Okay Mountain collective’s installation “Corner Store” at PULSE Miami art fair.
“Corner Store” was a recreation of an East Austin convenience store, using trash materials and cheaply modified commercial goods, and staged for one weekend at PULSE Miami, a satellite art fair of Art Basel Miami. All members contributed to various projects that came together to form the maximal installation. Among other elements, I designed and built a fake ATM and animated the mock video screen. In keeping with the aesthetic of the project, only trash, scraps, and cheap crap was used as materials, including a money chute made from a dustpan. Within the context of the standalone film loop, the “user” of the ATM must first win a hand of Texas Hold-Em poker in order to withdraw cash. The video looped twice; one loop a “winner” and one a “loser.” Multiple visitors to the project were frustrated that they couldn’t actually withdraw money from the ATM.
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