Dooley Murphy: Thirteen Works for Video

40 sec. excerpt of 30 min. performance. Dooley Murphy, Thirteen Works for Video (2021). Digital. Color. Sound. Courtesy of the artist. Filmed in the artist’s home studio during Covid-19 quarantine.

The following prompts (in bold) were input into OpenAI’s GPT-3 Beta Playground using the Davinci model. The text in italics was the output for the prompts completed by GPT-3. The collected outputs were combined to produce the final text for the performance. 

Instructions for a performance artwork: 
1. In this performance art piece for video, I take a selfie with the
camera on my computer and then I use the camera on my phone to
take a selfie with the computer camera, and then I take a selfie
with the computer camera and the phone camera, and so on. It's a
loop of selfies. 2.
Using VR technology, the performance artist will be able to
simulate the feeling of drowning, a sensation that has been described
by many of the refugees and migrants who have made the crossing to
Europe. "We have this idea of the refugee crisis being about people,
but the crisis is also about the water," said the artist, who will be
filming the performance. "It's about the sea, the water, and how it's
being used as a weapon. That's why I'm interested in the technology of
the sea, in the technology of drowning. I'm interested in the idea that
the sea is a body of water that is both a weapon and a place. 3.
In this virtual reality performance art piece, the artist will be
performing a virtual reality version of the classic dance piece
"Rubber Band" by Steve Paxton. The piece will be performed in the
virtual reality environment of the Oculus Rift, and will be streamed
live on The performance will be recorded and uploaded to
YouTube at a later date. 4.
In the famous audiovisual performance art piece, "Happening,"
the artist, Allan Kaprow, stood in front of a large audience and,
with a pair of scissors, cut a hole in a large piece of paper.
As he did so, he said, "I am cutting a hole in the paper."
As he spoke, the audience watched him cut the hole. 5.
In the famous performance art piece by Dooley Murphy, the artist
covered himself in honey and rolled around in a field of flowers.
The piece was called “Honey, I Shrunk The Artist.” 6.
In Dooley Murphy's seminal performance artwork,
"The Great American Nude", Murphy assumes the role of an
Irish-American artist who paints the nude bodies of his
friends and neighbors. Murphy's performance is a parody of the
life and work of Thomas Eakins. In the performance, Murphy is an
artist who, in his own words, "can't paint a lick". He attempts to
paint the nude body of his wife, but his technical ineptitude and his
frustration with his own mediocrity lead him to paint over the canvas
with a layer of white paint. Murphy's performance is a parody of Eakins'
"The Gross Clinic" (1875–76). 7.
Exploring the relationship between technology and the body,
Dooley Murphy's latest performance art piece
is called "Skin Machine."
Dooley Murphy, "Skin Machine" (2014) The work, which debuted last
month at the InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre in Toronto,
involves Murphy donning a "cybernetic" suit that allows him to
control a robotic arm with his brainwaves. The arm is attached to
his body with a series of sensors and wires. The suit, created by
Murphy and his colleague, computer scientist Brian Moore, was
inspired by the work of pioneering cybernetics researcher Kevin
Warwick, who had a computer chip implanted in his arm in 1998. 8.
Exploring the relationship between technology and capitalism,
Dooley Murphy's latest performance art piece,
"The Uber-Selfie,"
explores the relationship between technology and capitalism, and the
effects of that relationship on the self. "The Uber-selfie is a
selfie that has been taken with a camera that has been driven by an
Uber driver. It's a selfie that is mediated by technology and
capitalism," Murphy said. 9.
In Dooley Murphy's latest performance art piece about technology
and ennui,
the artist has created a "Tweeting Toaster" that will
post your most recent Facebook status to Twitter. The toaster is
outfitted with a camera that will snap a picture of you when you
press a button. The image is then uploaded to the toaster's Facebook
page, where it will be posted to Twitter. When you're done, you can
keep the toaster as a souvenir or donate it to a museum. The toaster
will be on display at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria until
the end of the month. 10.
A performance art piece for an academic turned artist: “A new
form of performance art: the artist as academic.” The artists: “I’m
an artist, and I’m a professor. But really, I’m an artist. And really,
I’m just an artist. And I am a professor. But really … ” The audience:
“Why do you keep insisting that you are a professor? Why are you making
this so difficult for us? Why can’t we just enjoy your art without all
this academic stuff getting in the way? Why do we have to think about
it so much? Why can’t we just be entertained?” The artist: “I’m an
artist, and I’m a professor. But really, I’m an artist. And really,
I’m just an artist. And I am a professor. But really … ” This is the
kind of thing that makes me want to kill myself. 11.
In Dooley Murphy's latest performance art piece for film, he will
be using the entirety of his body as a canvas to create a piece of
performance art for film. He will be doing this by using paint, blood,
and other mediums on his body. Dooley Murphy's use of performance art
has been seen in various films that he has created before such as
"The Great American Nightmare", "The Great American Nightmare 2",
and "Dooley Murphy: The Movie". 12.
Instructions for a performance art piece for camera: 1. Find a large, empty room with tall ceilings and lots of space.
If you can’t find a large enough room, make one by removing the walls
in your house. 2. Paint the walls white or black (or both) to make them appear
to recede into the distance. You may want to use an oil-based paint
so that it will last longer and be easier to clean up afterward. 3. Set up a camera on a tripod in the center of the room, facing
the wall opposite from where you are standing when you begin filming
yourself. This way, it will be easier for you to keep your back to
the camera as you walk around the room. 4. Turn on the camera and begin walking in circles around the room,
reciting a monologue about your life, your thoughts, or whatever
comes to mind. The monologue should be delivered in an uninflected
tone of voice so that it sounds like one long word that is never
completed. It should not sound like you are speaking English, but
rather like some language that is unfamiliar to us all. You may
want to use a voice synthesizer or text-to-speech program if you
are having trouble with this part of the performance. 13.
In the shortest ever performance art piece, a man walks
into a room and sits down. Then he gets up again. That’s it.


Production Date: March 15, 2021. Performed by Dooley Murphy. 

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