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"Study for Sponge Project" is an initial step in an in-progress large-scale appropriation/assemblage piece in which thousands of ASMR sponge videos are collected from hundreds of Instagram accounts and arranged to form a smooth and unsettling transition from soothing to violent. Despite all being produced for the same purpose (to trigger a pleasant tingling sensation in those with ASMR sensitivity) the often unconsidered aesthetics of each video push each towards one or another end of the soothing/violent spectrum. When amassed together these videos heighten each other to create an overwhelming sensation of peacefulness or aggression.
Dina Kelberman is a multi-media artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Much of her work comes out of a tendency to meticulously collect and organize imagery from the commonplace surroundings of everyday life. Kelberman has created original web-based pieces for the New Museum and The Marina Abramovic Institute and participated in numerous international biennials. Her work has been written about by The New York Times, Art21, NPR, and various art theory books and textbooks. She is currently ranked 5th in the world for Most Lines in Tetris for the Nintendo Entertainment System.