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Heather Phillipson

(British, b. 1978) 
Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

About the work

WARNING: This work contains fast, flashing images.

Heather Phillipson's newly commissioned online work is part web-movie, part unsung opera, and part browser-poem. Referencing a medical condition of prolonged seizures, STATUS EPILEPTICUS allows users to navigate multiple sequence-less, simultaneous, and potentially expendable installments. Working against the typically positive associations of light—as a symbol of knowledge, goodness, and progress—STATUS EPILEPTICUS mixes rhythms of vigilance, distraction, and blackout with nocturnal, burrowing creatures and wilder, resistant thinking.