Kristin McWharter


Party Rituals
2019

Kristin McWharter with support from the CultureHub LA Residency

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Referencing recent research on toxic disinhibition in online social exchanges, Party Rituals examines how physical contact within digital and virtual spaces influence the embodied knowledge of social hierarchies. Exploring the dynamics of eye contact as social signal of both aggression and empathy, the work exposes the awkwardness vr headsets impose upon the rituals and formalities of celebrations. Inspired by games that facilitate and choreograph behavior during times of celebration, such as party blowers, noise makers, pin the tail on the donkey, bobbing for apples etc. the project speculates on how the manipulation of these forms could produce new methods of social interaction.