Socially mediated ventriloquism--a series of live and recorded performances featuring artist T. Foley and Hector the Dummy.

 

At Experimental Comedy Training Camp, we tweaked The Dummy Is Present—added a curtain behind Hector the Dummy (to hide/reveal the live audience), and invited other folks to do mini-performances for our Chatroulette partners.

In comparison to previous performances, our online partners were less likely to interact with a lone ventriloquist dummy. 

Technical test of The Dummy Is Present during Experimental Comedy Training Camp at The Banff Centre on October 2, 2012. Thanks to Maarit Suomi-Väänänen, Neil LaPierre, Briony Clarke, Bridget Moser, Lee Campbell, Kelly Moynihan, Leah Bryne, and especially Jeneen Frei Njootli (our typist-assistant) for helping out!

Hector the Dummy is the subject of a chapter within Let Me Clear My Throat, a new nonfiction book released today by Elena Passarello (Sarabande Books). In “A Monstrous Little Voice,” the final essay of the book, the author helps Hector uncover his real voice.

You can read the full essay here, purchase the book via this link, or check out this review discussing Passarello’s non-traditional interview method for Hector and mentioning “the ventriloquist, Teresa Foley.”

nuthingspecial:

thank you teresa foley, hector and bridget moser for your tremendous auditions

Last week, Ventwittoquisms auditioned for a parade—Yipppeeee! 

Ventwittoquisms is headed to Experimental Comedy Training Camp at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada (September 9th through October 26th, 2012). Director of Behaviour, Michael Portnoy, and guests Mai Abu El Dahab, Steven M. Johnson, Reggie Watts, will lead the lucky artists accepted into this residency in doing “things with words, images, objects, and movement that attack logic in the gut and make it foam at the mouth.” 

Ventwittoquisms is headed to Experimental Comedy Training Camp at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada (September 9th through October 26th, 2012). Director of Behaviour, Michael Portnoy, and guests Mai Abu El Dahab, Steven M. Johnson, Reggie Watts, will lead the lucky artists accepted into this residency in doing “things with words, images, objects, and movement that attack logic in the gut and make it foam at the mouth.” 

Slide show from The Dummy Is Present performance at Clarion University—April 17, 2012.

Images from the January 6, 2012 performance of The Dummy Is Present at The Andy Warhol Museum! Thanks to photographer Anna Lee-Fields for most of these images. The set also features screen-capture images from the ChatRoulette performance.

Check out a clip from the video, On Display, which travels to Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT. It’s been included in the exhibition Heavy Rotation (February 24-March 16, 2012).

About the video:

Hector the Dummy gives voice to otherwise disembodied Internet confessionals in monologues based on thousands of published men seeking women ads on craigslist. Performing the scenarios in mundane personal settings featured in posters’ photographs, artist T. Foley animates a range of masculine display-attempts that vie to attract the attention of women online.

The video is part of a series of live and recorded performances featuring T. Foley and Hector the Dummy. In this “body” of work, the artist makes use of the original virtual being, a ventriloquist dummy, to speak to the ways individuals represent themselves online.

If you want to understand the school of thought or philosophy behind our work, you should watch this gentleman's lecture on Relational Aesthetics. 

Yours truly, Hector

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While he was at the Andy Warhol Museum, Hector received a post card from someone claiming to be his mother!