Don’t be a Couch Potato confronts the passivity of sitting as an audience, with the objective of having members of the audience continuously moving and actively negotiating with their material environment.
The seats of an auditorium were hacked into a ‘remote controller’ of a movie, made using conductive pads and tape that were affixed throughout the auditorium seats. As the movie was distorted – with the colours inverted, speed either too fast or slow, pixels glitched – the audience were made to use their bodies to connect the conductive buttons, thereby completing the circuit and activating them.
As a result, the audience had to ‘work’ to watch the movie proper. By tapping on the body’s natural conductivity, the body was made to actively interface with the environment.