Digital video (04:06min)
EPIST uses the internet search engine as a tool of incision and self-knowing. This film employs stop animation to create different “holes” in my studio wall. Each hole is a drawing composed of paper strips glued directly to the wall. On each paper strip is an individual printed-out website address taken from the thousands website addresses that come up when I enter my name into Google search. The video reflects on how internet technologies make possible mediated experiences of oneself, and contemplates how each constellation of websites present an incomplete portrait—a slice of oneself best represented as a hole. EPIST was screened at the Tate Modern in London as part of a Gramophones, Films, Typewriters, a program honoring the work of media theorist Friedrich Kittler (June 27-28, 2008).