DANIELLE DAMICO DANIELLE DAMICO

DON'T MAKE ME COME BACK THERE

Don't Make Me Come Back There
Installation
Carseats, Portable DVD players, Carpeted Platform, Headphones

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) videos have been embraced by popular internet culture for their healing, relaxing and sometimes arousing effects. Don't Make Me Come Back There merges older technology in the form of carseat headrest DVD players with this new technological sensation. Cars and any high speed modes of transportation changed human relations with the natural environment. We were able to experience a greater expanse in a shorter period of time, but everything became blurry. Growing up in the 90s and early 2000s, in-car entertainment was a part of my road trip experience as a kid. Why look out the window anymore when you could bypass the hours with constantly changing moving images?

I was attracted to the visual aesthetics of ASMR videos - the beautifully manicured hands, the glitter, often paired with ordinary household objects. The audio accompanying my videos is a tone sweep that is at first low and meditative and eventually swells to an uncomfortably high pitch. The hands in these videos interact with gravel, grass, leaves, etc. in an effort of forced meditation on our surroundings - except it's all happening on a screen. Don't Make Me Come Back There questions trends toward technologically aided meditation and mediation.