In this solo work, Weis plays a ventriloquist whose dummy, constructed by Alessandra Nichols, has a tv monitor for a head. The dialogue was scripted by Jim Neu.
A sample of the dialogue:
DUMMY: ……….don’t be reluctant to touch my body.
CATHY: Excuse me?
DUMMY: Isn’t that what people with bodies say?
CATHY: Well, not to just anybody.
DUMMY: You don’t feel like just anybody to me. Some people have a problem with sentient media.
CATHY: People aren’t used to acting this way with a television. It’s usually much more one sided.
DUMMY: I’m so tired of the looks I get. You haven’t lived until some boob sits in front of you and gives you the mother of blank stares.
CATHY: Have you been…..uh……sentient long?
DUMMY: Since about the time the concept of interactive media became popular. It’s a slippery slope. It was only a matter of time before we started interacting back.
Dixon Place, NYC (1999 – premiere)
The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA (1999)
Franklin Furnace, NYC/Parsons School of Design, NYC (2000)
Scripps College, OR (2001)
Colorado College, CO (2001)
Temple University, PA (2001)