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What Happens When You Become an Authority?
An installation exploring ones sense of knowing and assumptions based on societal roles. The piece was comprised mostly of pig intestine, grass, steel, toys, and fabric.

Text: Deucalion, a man from myths, who can create people from stones, has a dream in which he finds himself trapped inside a wall. His eyes are closed but he can feel with his hands that he is caught in a membrane. Each time he pushes against it, the surface peels off so that the wall can yield to his weight without allowing him to break through. After a while, he feels something push against the wall from the outside and recognizes other human voices, those which he himself has created. Even though they are standing close to the wall, they cannot hear his voice locked up inside. He again presses his hands to the wall and feels a touch push against his palm. Deucalion feels the contact of a ball bouncing against his palm. He listens again to hear the voices and discovers that they are children playing a game, operator. With each repetition of the story and return of the ball against his hands, Deucalion's emotions grow larger and larger, until, when hes almost at the point of being crushed, his thumb punctures the surface. He pulls apart the wall and with his eyes, he peers through the opening and sees the children playing in the grass. They invite him to join their circle to finish the re-telling of the story. For every detail of the story he remembers and every elaboration he makes, he loses his authority and lets the tale come from memory.

Installed in the Rite Aid Pharmacy Window, Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC
Designed by Tori Ralston
Constructed by Tori Ralston and Cullen Zimmerman

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