Jaishri Abichandani
Happily Never After 2005
2005
digital video edition of 3
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Happily Never After 2.5 2005

“Happily Never After” uses imagery of a female fortune telling robot of the type often seen in street fairs in India. The narrative loosely adapted from a chart by scholar AK Ramanujan, offers viewers ambiguous choices that are based on ancient legends of the lives of Indian women saints. The video collapses time and space leaving viewers disoriented by relationships, time of day, geographic location and the history behind the choices offered. The futuristic robot slips from the subject of the work to addressing and subjugating viewers with archaic rules of an unidentifiable society; breaking down boundaries between viewer and artwork.

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