The Ethics of Interruption
The Ethics of Interruption considers the instinctual gestures of mothering in an age of big data. The full installation includes sculpture, video, and drawings. Referencing Lisa’s Baraitser’s ideas about interruption as a strategy of communication, the works were created between feedings, naps, and attempts at finding a system during the beginning months of my daughter’s life. Tracking these seemingly banal minutae in my phone, or breastfeeding while texting with a friend, I sometimes questioned whether technology was interrupting my mothering, or mothering was interrupting my life.
Challenging the notion of the “break, or interruption” and repositioning it as a temporal status quo, the works use diagrammatic form to highlight beginning and paused processes and complex interdependent parts. Operating as markers of failed strategies, or data sets gone awry, they allude to mothering as an inner logic that is at once interdependent, sublime, and withheld from view; much like the digital systems that we create and live within today.