Please Touch


Anticipating release of the first Ipad and its invention of touch-technology, Please Touch situates the artist's grass roots series inside the screen. Aligning the technology with that of a framed glazed artwork, the grass is fingered through the glass, flattening image and experience. This hiding of the earthy and sensuous inside a dark box reprises iconic works titled 'Please Touch': Valie Export's provocation, a grass roots feminist performative piece, and Marcel Duchamp's fetishistic raised mounds authored by Eros S'Levay. As the grass Ipad rendition debunked conventions that prevent viewers from touching artworks, the frame of the device itself proving to be the greater object of desire.