Video Installation Social Sculpture



“Tennis Whites” reframes viewers in the context of racial profiling, via micro-video cameras and monitors housed in hooded sweatshirts. Live video prompts viewer interaction, elevates the viewer’s role while empowering the profiling ‘target’ (white hoodie). The arrangement and arm positions of the light-to-dark hoodies are correlated to the probability of racial profiling. Endowed with 10 arms and 11 micro- video cameras/ monitors, “Tennis Whites” implies strikingly different responses to an implied ‘Hands up!’ Police order, from the blasé‘who me?’(white hoodie) to hands-raised-high response (black hoodie). The title reflects the theory that humans tend to think they are free of bias, despite evidence of implicit bias. References include images of Shiva, Jesus, Buddha, fitness videos.


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