theresa nanigian
46 missed manicures, 2002

Single channel video, 4 minutes 35 seconds


46 missed manicures considers the butterfly effect of complex systems, that is to say, how a single incident can have vast, unpredictable effects. The work explores the instigating event from the periphery, exposing at once some of the human-scale consequences of a catastrophic event that are often swamped by the endless replay of mass-media imagery and our tireless appetite for statistical data and public survey results.  Intentionally ambiguous at the outset, the work is meant to draw the viewer in, eventually revealing its true meaning.


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