Desktop Theater: Keyboard Catharsis and the Masking of Roundheads

Jenik, Adriene

* : “Desktop Theater is an ongoing series of live theatrical inventions. Desktop Theater is made whenever intentional theater-like activity wafts through the layers of unintentional drama and surreal banality encountered in online visual chat rooms. Street theater for the new Downtown. In this shared cartoon arena, we are simultaneously static, and in motion; hidden, yet pictured; silent, yet speaking; alone, yet crowded into a small space. What lures Desktop Theater back to this place again and again? The opportunity to slip between the cracks of belief and disbelief, to pry ourselves off detachment for this short time before All-Knowingness returns with its constant companion Whatever.” (Adriene Jenik and Lisa Brenneis)