Fruit Machine

Fruit Machine, video, variable configuration, 2009 – ongoing

An ongoing project in which we videotape teenagers (age 12 to 17) eating a variety of fruit.  A study in how we actually eat, the portraits range from graceful to awkward and comical, as the teenagers 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.\