Who Is This?
Who Is This? is video documentation of a durational SMS performance by writer/artist Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal. Over the course of three hours, Tracy sends hundreds of texts to randomly selected phone numbers in L.A.'s 323 area code with the same opening question: "Who is this?" This mischevious experiment in communication highlights the alientation of modern technology and results in some hilarious and unexpected conversations.
From Tracy's interview with Dazed & Confused:
It really was a live experiment. I never practiced. I didn’t know how it would turn out at all. The project did manage to get at a lot of what I’m interested in about communication technologies – anonymity, the mania of simultaneity, the bizarre possibilities for ‘connecting’ – and about performance – the ethics of participation, the burden of entertainment.