Nostós Fetish Machine (2015)


A machine comprised of a megaphone and a television set that together perform/broadcast a written dialogue. The two elements are locked in sync, and it is unclear whether one dictates the other.

The machine imagines history as something that can touch, be touched, and touch itself, proposing the act of narrating history as both pleasure-seeking and violent. Fluctuating from apologetic, to monotone, to accusatory, the machine implicates viewers as it rehearses and recites increasingly defiant lyrics.

The machine has exhibited in multiple venues around Rhode Island in 2015, and in New Mexico at the Currents New Media Festival with Axle Contemporary in 2019.