Background Story

2010, 2:12 min, color, silent

Can artistic collaboration be outsourced? Lucas answers yes in Background Story, a work that continues her ongoing examination of the isolating and disorienting effects of electronic media on contemporary life. Using Amazon's Mechanical Turks program, which connects employers with an anonymous labor pool to complete jobs referred to as "HITs" (Human Intelligence Tasks), Lucas and her collaborator/employee create a self-reflexive rewrite of the creation story, using text and fair use background images.