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Unfasten

Cory John Ploessl15, MFA, Fine Arts 3D
Unfasten | 2015, Installation

Dimensions vary
Video installation and performance

Unfasten is a video installation which investigates and satires some of the cultural insecurities and anxieties present in today's America. The work, which is part performance, part video installation, begins with a flight attendant (performer) who looks completely normal save for the fact that under his/her uniform s/he wears full-body infectious disease Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Once seated, participants, or ‘passengers’, wait in the dark until the voice of a second flight attendant goes over a safety protocol (audio), this announcement digs deep into shared cultural insecurities surrounding xenophobia, Ebola, and authority. Participants see this video through small plane windows.