Involuntary Reception

2000, 16:45 min, color, sound

Involuntary Reception is a double-imaged, double-edged report from a young woman lost in the telecommunications ether. Possessing extraordinary electrical forces — a surging EPF (electro-magnetic pulse field) — she self-broadcasts her unique experience of the world. Appearing as a somewhat tragic spirit, the character, played by Lucas, is quarantined from physical contact and yet always at risk of contamination from the multitudinous signals of our digital age.

Lucas investigates the substance, the very electricity of communication. Her performance engages the viewer in a critical yet witty musing on the construction of self and the experience of desire in an era of information overload.

Script/Performer/Producer: Kristin Lucas. Digital Editor: Kristin Lucas. Digital Editing Assistant: Amanda Ault, Paul Hill. Second Camera: Joe McKay. Support Provided by: ARCUS Pilot Program, Asian Cultural Council, Andrea Frank Foundation, Kunsthaus Glanus, Office for the Arts Harvard University, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Spiral Walcoal Art Center, Wexner Center Media Arts Program, The Ohio State University. Production Assistance: Experimental Television Center.