I’ve always dreamt of making a computer program that I could run that would instantly make a bunch of IRL friends for me. I love the anticipatory feeling of accepting a new friend request, knowing I’m about to spend time looking through all their posts and photos back to 2004. So while I haven’t come up with a completely automatic friend script yet, this performance is perhaps an attempt at one version of this. I ran through my program manually, spending five minutes with each person, trying to get to know you better. If we were strangers or just acquaintances, I imagined what it might be like if we were friends.
I did this for each of the 1000+ backers of the Electric Objects $5 Commission. Spending five minutes per person, I performed for 10 hours a day nonstop for a week. The performance was broadcast live on the internet for anyone to watch.