2-channel HD video installation
approx. 160cm x 140cm x 80cm
Communication Skills is a video installation featuring looped video sequences of my right arm. The sequences are synchronised in a way that makes the arms appear to be communicating with one another via the kind of hand gestures we normally associate with the use of touchscreens. By emulating a form of visual dialogue between the two hands, the work portrays those gestures as an absurd type of sign language. However the communication is meaningless and could be interpreted as play, gaming, a discussion, an argument or even some kind of artistic performance. The work removes all visual context to blur boundaries between human and computer, and explore the potential for expressiveness through a set of gestures predetermined by touchscreen technology. As we train computers to be more like us, are they training us to be more like them?