Real-Doh: Fun with Apologies (2018)
Real-Doh: Fun with Apologies (2018) is a video installation, displayed with a designed 3D-printed plastic pizza cutter, that examines the unusual state of apology as the gift, and how this unconditional gift can become uncanny with sociological customs. The 1’58” instructional video shows the process of the artist preparing to create a pizza to serve with real dough, eventually interacting with the apology pizza cutter. Embracing failure and humour, the film takes a journey through a few imperatives: dissatisfaction and rejection, idealism and doubt, error and incompetence; experiment and progress – to consider how these polarities can operate as productive nonsense. At what point this simulation merges with which it stimulates? The piece explores the irony and potentiality to re-examine the everyday activity with scrutiny, seeking to reveal the void of the promise in apologies offered and how it may resonate with unintended meanings.