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     This installation of curious devices examines the idea of “surrogate activities”; a term borrowed from Ted Kaczynski’s 1996 essay   Industrial Society and Its Future  . Also commonly referred to as the   Unabomber Manifesto  , this article expresses the belief that modern society and leftist politics have deprived individuals of autonomy while promoting technologies that exploit and destroy the natural environment. Surrogate activities are directed toward achieving artificial goals, and can provide reassurance in what may otherwise be confusing times.
       
     
       
     
  FALL RISK   is the first result of an ongoing collaboration with the artist Lindsay Deifik, which exhibited at the Kitchen Table Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. The collaboration offered us the opportunity to work playfully to harmonize our parallel interests in natural phenomena and the apparatuses that constrain them, materiality, and industrious inquiry. Lindsay works mainly with simple sculptural materials, textiles, prints, and drawings; I often utilize glass, kinetic components, found materials, and light, while constantly inventing and sourcing surprising media. The collaboration led to some very curious material juxtapositions and connotations.  
       
     
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