‘Alice’s Tea Set’
from Claudia Hart
Edition of 2 + 1 AP
Here, the experience of a feast is disrupted by the virtual world. Alices tea set, specially produced for the New Museum Store, drew on the visual style and psychological subject matter of early Surrealist photography and film.
The Nue Morte dishes present a naked sleeping odalisque that is viewable using another custom app, the nuemorte. As the plate’s inscribed decorative pattern is recognized with your smartphone or tablet, a sleeping figure tosses and turns, apparently lying across one’s meal. Evoking the early technologies of the peephole camera and the Zoetrope, nuemorte renders a dreamlike subconscious space. The illusory female figure, as well as any food placed on the plate (when functional) is overrun by artificially intelligent insects, which crawl in endlessly mutating patterns.