If you plan a visit to PS1 in the coming weeks, don’t miss the animation piece My Best Thing by Frances Stark, which will be on display till the end of this month. A feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, it was created from interactions in online video chatrooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, and she gradually grows fond of some of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program from the scripts of virtual encounters, it highlights the manner in which current communication technologies allow for both greater intimacy and anonymity, giving rise to new kinds of behaviors and relationships. (excerpt from press release)
Frances Stark lives and works in Los Angeles and drives white Suzuki (see image).