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Kevin Murphy (US/SE)
Blind Date, 2006

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“Blind Date addresses the question of translating disembodied virtual play into offline embodied action in physical social space. In the video, a fictional online chat is dramatically interpreted by two performers (played by myself and Norwegian artist Trygve Luktvasslimo). The dialogue is a sexually explicit exchange between an online user claiming to be a policeman and another claiming
to be a social worker. The script and performances draw heavily on pop cultural references - from porno films to film noir and classical Hollywood - and comment on the possibilities of literary play and character-based fantasy in the construction of virtual identities. The dialogue unfolds according to the real time pacing of the online chat, with the actors' interaction preserving the gaps in communication and
interruption between the two writers' responses that characterize an instant messenger exchange, lending the performance an uncanny and absurd, often humorous, effect. The formal exercise exposes the real-time slippages and propensities for identity-based role-play that are afforded in the online communication, while reaffirming the social and cultural codes and manners that characterize a face-to-face conversation.

Ultimately, Blind Date questions how the development of polymorphous online identities psychologically refigure the subject when "it" goes offline, out of the flickering screen and into physical social space? How does interactive online behavior translate into "real life" where materiality and (re)embodiment shift the political and cultural rules, stakes, and conditions of simulation?”



Kevin Murphy is a 29-year-old artist, writer, and media arts programmer currently living in Berlin, Germany.


Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden
M.F.A., June 2006
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
B.A. Art-Semiotics, Visual Arts and Modern Culture & Media Departments, May, 2000


DAAD Scholarship for Artists (Berlin, October 2006 through July 2007)
Weston Fine Arts Award for film and video production (2000)
Brown University Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantship to conduct HIV research at Memorial Hospital (1997)

Solo Exhibitions

Galleri PEEP, Malmö Art Academy graduation exhibition, Nov 2006, Malmö, Sweden

Group Exhibitions/Screenings

Istanbul Modern, curated by Irmak Arkman, Istanbul, Turkey, 2008 (www.istanbulmodern.org)
“Everything's Gonna Be Alright,” at Apartment Project, Istanbul, Turkey, Summer 2007 (http://www.apartmentproject.com)
LOOP Festival, Barcelona, Spain, May/June 2007. (http://www.loop-barcelona.com/)
“Ohnmacht,” Machinenhaus, Kiel, Germany, May-June 2007.
Signal to Noise Festival: Unravelled!, Brogatan, Malmö, Sweden, March 2007.
“Média Luz,” at Casa dos Dias da Água, Lisbon, Portugal, April 2007
“Courier,” KargART, Istanbul, Turkey, February, 2007 (http://www.kargart.org/index.aspx)
“Video Killed the Painting Star: Perverted Perspectives,” Center for Contemporary Art Glasgow, November 2006 (http://www.cca-glasgow.com/)
Aura Film Festival, Konstföreningen Aura, Krognos House, Lund, Sweden, November 2006.
Dakshinachitra Museum, Chennai, India, September 2006.
MORE, Berlin, Germany, September, 2006
EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, South Korea, September 2006. (www.ex-is.org)
“Centrifug,” at Dansstationen, Malmö, Sweden, May 2006. (http://www.dansstationen.nu/)
Malmö Art Academy year exhibition, Malmö, Sweden, May 2006.
“ARS 06: Senses of the Real, Blind Date Workshop,” at KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, April 2006. (http://typo.kiasma.fi/index.php?L=1&id=11&FL=1)
Directors Lounge video program in exhibition “INBETWEEN – Stereotypical Readability,” Galerie der Künstler, Munich, Germany, April 2006. (http://kultur-in-berlin.de/inbetween.html)
Hong Kong Independent Short film & Video Awards, Hong Kong, March 2006 (www.ifva.com)
“Opposite Concept,” KargART, Istanbul, Turkey, February 2006. (http://www.kargart.org/index.aspx)
Single-channel video “The United Nations” nominated for the Mediterranean Environmental Award 2006, United Nations Environment Program, Rome, Italy, 2006.
“Ver, Ser Visto, y Maquinas de Ver,” in exhibition “Michel Foucault: Lei, Segurança y Disciplina” at Instituto Franco-Português, December 2005. (http://www.ifp-lisboa.com/)
In competition at Brest European Short Film Festival, Brest, France, November 2005. (www.filmcourt.fr)
INVIDEO 2005, Milan, Italy, November 2005. (www.mostrainvideo.com)
“Unclassifiable Project,” Folkets Bio Malmö, Malmöfestivalen, Malmö, Sweden, August 2005. (http://www.panora.nu/filmtalt/so21.htm)
“Fruits of the Season,” Galleri Rostrum, Malmö, Sweden, Summer 2005. (www.rostrum.nu)
“Don’t Climb the Roof!” Akademiska Hus at Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden, May 2005.
Malmö Art Academy year exhibition, Malmö, Sweden, May 2005.
“That’s Rich!” Oslo Opera House, Oslo, Norway, May 2005.
“Det är inte film,” at Clarion Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden, November 2004.
“Speak Up!” Nova Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia, October 2004.
Albert & Vera List Art Center, Providence, RI, USA, May 2000.
Brown University Senior Juried Film & Video Show, May 2000.

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