Fruit Machine 800Fruit Machine, video, variable configuration, 2009 – ongoing

An ongoing project in which teenagers eat a variety of fruit for the spectator.  A study in how we actually eat, these portraits range from graceful to awkward and comical, as the participants navigate what they quickly come to realize is a not-so-simple task.  The videos are screened in configurations of 3 to 5 in a row in order to resemble a slot machine (whose windows often use fruit as symbols). Each video portrait runs for about 30 seconds then spins to another, in hopes that all the windows will align to the same fruit: the jackpot.  A sample can be viewed here.