Head Nobody emerged as a final project in Ben Bloch’s new genre arts class at Whitman College, in Fall 2006. In the project, we created a large-scale public webchat in which passerbys could interact with a head that was detached from its own body, but whose body was still residing in the same room with it. Participants were instructed to give commands to the head, who would then relay the request to the body, also visible in the webchat as a separate entity. By the end of the performance, the body had been asked to shave the head’s hair off and later, by another request, to bring the actual hair to the location where the audience was stationed–an act which strongly signified the bridging of two realms, physical and ethereal, and the particularly tense moment in the current culture.
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