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Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

 

Brian Rush: Relational Prosthetics

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Pacing the sloped floors of the Blue Door collective, I pondered what needed to be done to pull off our little party. I didn’t know most of the people in the room, who were heavily engaged in conversation. The artist I planned to buy some paintings from – wrapped sweetly in towels in his trunk – continued to perfect the installation of a contraption that invited guests to engage in face-to-face time.

Helmets snagged its first few participants. I breathed easy. I couldn’t think of anything more awkward than me strapped into a helmet, a stranger slowly inching their face closer to mine while the crowd watched. I chuckled thinking I would be reversing that hand-crank so fast I would break Brian Rush’s work.

My reactive discomfort speaks to the intimate interfaces Brian experiments with in his MFA thesis installation, Relational Prosthetics, a playful study of the impact of spectator interactivity. Brian’s helmets conjured the proximation anxiety that surfaces on my daily transit commute. Please don’t put your crotch so close to my face. Don’t make small talk. Your breath smells. Stop looking at me.

Brian’s two-way objects demand a level of willingness: to be inclined to participate, and to be ready to laugh at the absurdity of your precious self-consciousness. I anticipate this theme will continue to expand as Brian navigates the h/bustle of Beijing. I can only imagine his curiosity as piqued in a setting so populous.

- Laura Milligan

 

 
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