Interview with Brett Wallace

I had a conversation with the artist Brett Wallace on protests, silent majorities, Silicon Valley, and artistic influences.

BW: It seems that online dynamics across the political spectrum are one of your investigative inquiries. How do you research the concept of whiteness as it relates to technology and protocols? What does your research process usually entail?

RK: I wouldn't call my work research, because it has no defined methodology. There are many analytical gestures present in the work, but it is mainly an intuitive process. Things become interesting to me through my body, which is continually being subjected to expectations, interpretations, and desires. I read these as attempts to make me into a subject, and I respond as an object that takes up space. In other words, I tend to detach myself from everyday processes of subject formation, a habit I picked up from growing up in a racist town. This is an important first step in reflecting those processes back at the people actively engaged in them. I deliberately work in a space where subject and object are collapsed or interchangeable, which is one way that I consider this an art and not a research practice.

Read it at Conversation Project NYC.


Plicnik Space Initiative
Oct 15, 2020 - Oct 15, 2021

A new work, Dumb Desire, is on view in the maintenance shoulder of the spacecraft D02.2. The work launched with 19 others as part of Plicnik Space Initiative, a speculative exhibition in outer space.

Dumb Desire is a software application that depicts a minimal game space that adjusts itself endlessly in real-time, invoking a consciousness that belongs to either a body or its container.


Building Better Realities

Software for Artists Book: Building Better Realities is available as a free PDF or printed handbook through Pioneer Works Press.


Have even more Faith

Interview with Tommy Martinez on Pioneer Works Broadcast.

I am running out of things to say about Faith and Baby Faith (that they can’t say themselves), but this went to a few unexpected places.

Many of the challenges and provocations in Faith’s speech echo tactics that I personally use on people I don’t feel safe talking to. So while Faith does quote trolls and their more clueless targets, there’s also a significant part of me that’s in there. I think that when people project this image of an incompetent or failing bot onto their interactions with Faith, it reminds me of being told that I have an attitude problem.


left gallery updates

I am currently reperesenting left gallery at BerlinViews, an online “initia­tive of Berlin galleries to join in soli­dar­ity and a sign to strengthen the visi­bil­ity of Berlin galleries.” 

Two works are listed: the Faith chatbot application and The Way I See It, a cinematic and never-ending glimpse into the private lives of IKEA pieces. The latter is available for the first time.

left gallery has incidentally been growing in the meantime! It now functions much more like an online store, with artist pages, wishlists, works sorted by format, etc.