The Veils of Transference

Production in residence at StudioBlue, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and post-production in residence at StudioBlue, New York City College of Technology, City University of New York. 2006-2012.

The Veils of Transference depicts a dialogue between a robot and human in a therapy session that exploits a human’s desire to be robotic and a robot’s programmed desire to be human. Roles of analyst and analysand are in flux; the therapist and patient engage in mind-games based on a switching of, and uncertainty about, their roles — human as machine and machine as human. The session is set in a green-screen environment that displays the accompanying dreams and unconscious narratives and the human’s mind and the robot’s database. Each of the characters long to be the other; each has a sense of their own history. Together they ponder the thin line between ideas of “memory” and “database.”

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