"Ultra Vires" is an interactive installation which does nothing but usurps the audience's attention with farcical yet irritating measures: it keeps on weeping as long as no one is looking at it. Equipped with custom programmed computer vision software, the insistent system monitors the audience’s faces, and once detects the gaze, rewards the spectator with silence. What it is done with the catch at the other side of the wire, however, is left as an open-ended story... The satire of contemporary capitalist reality that is driven on the consumers' aimless time and brain resources.

Ultra vires is a Latin phrase meaning literally "beyond the powers". If an act requires legal authority and it is done without such authority, it is characterised in law as ultra vires.

Aistė Valiūtė and Daumantas Plechavičius2012

This work was made for the exhibition "Deadpan Exchange VII".

Deadpan Exchange was exhibition series that explored international communication through the Deadpan aesthetic. (Deadpan is a form of comic delivery in which humor is presented without a change in emotion or body language)

Preston, UK

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