The Benefit of the Doubts

2018, aluminium slab, buttons, engraved pvc tags, 40 x 66 cm

The object mimics the doorbell of a collective building. Together the dwellers form a cosmology of revenants. The names are characters from fiction (e.g. Casper the friendly ghost, Percival Bartlebooth, Percival, Caspar Milquetoast from the New Yorker H.T. Webster’s comic ‘The Timid Soul’) and real characters (dead: P.Ogier, C.Lispector and alive: amateur actress E.Y Michaelson).. In this piece they evoke a becoming-ghost and a becoming-multiple. The object suggests the possibility of addressing them by simply pressing on the button, without knowing when or how they will address you back.