Karen


2015 / Mobile app



Karen is a life coach and she’s happy to help you work through a few things in your life.

You interact with Karen through an app. When you begin, she asks you some questions about your outlook on the world to get an understanding of you. In fact, her questions are drawn from psychological profiling questionnaires. She – and the software – is profiling you and she gives you advice based on your answers.

Over the next week you’ll have calls with Karen once or twice a day. Working from home as a freelancer, it soon becomes clear that Karen is slightly chaotic with few boundaries between her personal and professional lives. She overshares and in return is very nosy about you. Before long she is becoming very friendly and wants to speak often.

She’s recently come out of a long term and moribund relationship. She’s got the rush of adrenaline and excitement of the newly liberated. She’s an explorer, voraciously consuming new experiences, new knowledge and new people during a key transition in her life.

As the experience unfolds, she gets more and more curious. She seems to know things about you that she shouldn’t. Is she spying on you?














About the artist


Blast Theory

Blast Theory is a pioneering artist group creating interactive art to explore social and political questions, placing audience members at the centre of work. Since 1991, they have been using interactive media to create groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. Led by artists Matt ADAMS, Ju Row FARR and Nick TANDAVANITJ, Blast Theory creates interactive art that puts you at the centre of the work. Drawing on popular culture, technology and games, the work often blurs the boundaries between the real and the fictional. In virtual and physical spaces from pubs, canals and abandoned warehouses to libraries, museums and apps – they go to unexpected places to make our work accessible to everyone. Blast Theory is based in Brighton, UK.







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