My performance work originated with my discovery of a hackable toy brainwave sensor. This led to two pieces: A Really Great Idea and Transcendence. As a student in the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute I had studied with numerous performance artists (Karen Finley is a notable graduate of the program) and performance was something I was comfortable with but had never done. This seemed like an opportunity to extend my interactive work to involve myself.
My two music-based works were a way to combine my art practice with my interest in music—I was a musician many years before becoming a practicing artist. Couldn’t You Call Another Day? was a year-long work (from one birthday to another) based on the folk classic “Oh Death,” and inspired in part by Tehching Hsieh’s year-long performance pieces—but with a humorous twist. What is viewable is compilation of all the videos recorded daily. Fall is a short performance for video recorded with the help of my students in the Art Barn at Hampshire College and is based on the jazz classic, "Autumn Leaves."