Dressed in our corporate businesswomen uniforms, Alexia Mellor (Mellor Management) and Sarah Banasiak (Esbee Enterprises), structured a 9-5 day performing a commute, riding as many lines of the T as possible. Bringing along our trusted “laptops” (typewriters), we sent “instant messages” to each other (using screen names and IM lingo), which were relayed by fellow passengers passing the folded messages down to the other person typing. Our goal was to attempt to highlight the interface between technology and communication and engage with fellow commuters. Where technology has endeavored to unite people through efficiency, we sought to invite interaction through the use of a nostalgic, out-dated technology.

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Alexia Mellor

MIND THE GAP is a multi-platform arts initiative taking place in Istanbul, Turkey from September 13-15, 2011. Headquartered at IMC5533 in the Istanbul Textile Traders Market, MIND THE GAP features performative and new media works by emerging artists from…


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MIND THE GAP is a multi-platform arts initiative taking place in Istanbul, Turkey from September 13-15, 2011. Headquartered at IMC5533 in the Istanbul Textile Traders Market, MIND THE GAP features performative and new media works by emerging artists from around the globe. MIND THE GAP playfully alludes to transportation, but references borders and gaps of all kinds: geographic, social, and economic. These events are aimed at engaging discussions of how the contemporary art world is addressing issues of geographic and social borders, technological borders, and socioeconomic gaps.

The included videos represent the digital component of MIND THE GAP. From works addressing our complex relationship to home, to the challenges of language barriers and the attempt to bridge geographic divides, these videos offer a personal reflection on the gaps that define our times.

In our attempt to bridge gaps, MIND THE GAP welcomes guest curators Heidi Kayser and Nance Davies with “Riders on the Train” and Vela and La Die with “8bitz per Pixel.”

For more information and to participate in our virtual and interactive works, please visit our website: http://projectmindthegap.wordpress.com/programming.

MIND THE GAP was a featured panel at ISEA 2011 at Sabanci University in Istanbul, September 18, 2011.

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