Hacking Love: Agape
Video, bench, hangers, pictures, wireless printer, 2014

A collaboration with Sandy Cioffi, Hacking Love: Agape, is the first incarnation of a larger project, Hacking Love, which employs a generative process based on hacking and rapid prototyping to create an expanded visual language of love. This investigation is informed and inspired by the four Greek Loves: apage, eros, storge and philia. For Hacking Love: Agape, we created a contemplative environment in the storefront of SugarPill with text, video and mirrors, and posed questions directed at the economic and cultural changes on Capitol Hill in Seattle: "How Big Is Your Love?" "Who Would You Take Care Of?" and "What Would That Look Like?" Then we invited community members to generate images of the neighborhood that captured agape, this broader vision of love. The images were printed (we provided a wireless printer) and added to the installation, as well as posted on Instagram #HackingLoveAgape.

 

 
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Encroachment
Single Channel Projection, scrap wood, 2012

Studio-mate Angie Harris and I created this piece in response to "the progress" encroaching on one of the last remaining affordable artist space on Capital Hill.

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Unwrapping
Dual Channel Projection, plexiglass, 2010

Drawing on nine years of boxing training, "Unwrapping" is an exploration of how memory and emotion manifest to shape the body's alignment and movement.  The video follows a boxer as she prepares for and fights in a boxing match.  Her opponents are four faceless subjects, each of which is defined by repeated gestures that offer insight into his/her relationship to the boxer.  Truncated framing, distilled gesture, and split screen are employed to heighten the tension between what is seen and, in turn, what is not.

"Though the piece is a two-channel video work, it doesn't always feel that way. Burger's greatest accomplishment, beyond the eerily clean lighting on her subjects, is the seamless editing that weaves each channel together so that they work, at times, in unison to undermine the easy interpretations a first-time viewer might make of the piece." - The Bostonist

 

 

 
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Attachment
Dual Channel Projection, blue painters tape, 2009 

Inspired by witnessing the creation of a Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala, Attachment investigates and interprets, from a western perspective, the Buddhist concepts of attachment and non-attachment. In the Buddhist tradition, attachment (to people, things and thoughts) is believed to be a root cause of human suffering and is represented by the color red. Each video unfolds linearly -- a red patch is painted on a white wall and then removed -- but is edited differenlty to allow for shifting associations between the two frames. Similarly, one video is shorter than the other, allowing for new associations with each loop.

 

 
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Fallout
Single Channel Projection, HD, 2:30, 2009  

One in a series of explorations distilling an emotional experience into a single physical movement, Fallout is a loop of a female figure falling to the floor.   The image is scaled five times larger than life size.   The figure falls off the wall and lands face down on the floor, in the middle of the room, arms outstretched.   The twenty-second action is slowed by fifty percent and looped.   While the image remains the same, there is a subtle shift in the audio: with each loop, the resonant impact of the crash diminishes and the ambient presence of the figure on the floor increases.


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