What was your focus during your time at Eyebeam?
When Camming platforms became big, I was fascinated by them on multiple fronts. Instead of exploring them from behind the camera, or as an artist looking from a distance, I wanted to become a performer. My project at Eyebeam was The Chrisy Show, a talk show I held on Chaturbate, which is a sex workers’ masturbation chat website. I wanted to embed myself in that community with the goal of moving off the platform, creating a community less siloed by the specific function of that platform and less focused on the notions of capitalism embedded in it. Some of those ideas have carried over to my current project, in which a collective of four artists is building a livestream platform for artists to explore what is possible with livestreaming when we divest from big tech.
Was there a culminating project?
More than two years later, I’m still doing The Chrisy Show and it has certainly evolved. During the fellowship, I was broadcasting the show daily, and I was an object on which the audience reflected. Now once a week, I have developed a regular audience, and the show has morphed from very sexual to very chill. Sex can be a lure that brings people into the work, but I’m more interested in sex as an everyday phenomenon in which we can find connection.