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Text Neck

Thursday, June 28, 2018

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

a darkkkkk funeeeee vid n pr4rmans bout how phonez R chnging R bodz n mindz

Text Neck is a dark comedy about how Smartphones are changing our bodies and minds. In an episodic video, we follow nine people as they navigate new ways of interacting, communicating and just being in the age of the Smartphone.

Through humor, physical empathy and emotion, Text Neck involves participants and audience in conversation about behaviors developing in tandem with Smartphone technology. The project takes its name from a repetitive strain injury caused by dropping your head forward while looking down at mobile devices. Perhaps you’re feeling it as you read this?

Text Neck grew organically out of collaboration and improvisation. By interviewing 40 people about their Smartphone habits, collecting ideas and anecdotes, David Politzer and his team created scene outlines; some with a developed narrative, others were like open-ended questions: “What if we did this?” The result is both a cautionary tale and a love letter to the Smartphone.

Text Neck is generously supported by the Houston Arts Alliance, the City of Houston, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, through their support of the Grand Central Art Center artist-in-residence program.

About the Artist
UH Associate Professor of Photography and Digital Media David Politzer uses photography, video, sculpture and performance to explore the ways technology affects the way we interact with nature and each other. He was born in Washington D.C. and lives in Houston, Texas with his wife and daughter.

His solo exhibitions include those at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Grand Central Art Center (upcoming), ArtSpace, Real Art Ways, Lawndale Art Center, Houston Center for Photography, Galveston Art Center and Western Georgia University. He is the recipient of the 2011 Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography. Politzer was an artist in residence at Yaddo, Skowhegan, Roswell Artist in Residence, the Museum of Northern Arizona, Djerassi, ArtSpace and Grand Central Art Center. Get Tickets

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David Politzer, associate professor of photography and digital media

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