The Digital Rhetoric in Practice

Work by UMASS Digital Art Alumni

Chelsea Sams

Class of 2016, MFA –

Pairs of art historical images on flashcards are presented to seagulls. A Cheeto is placed on each. Whichever flashcard is pecked first advances to a second round, then a third, and finally, only two remain. This interaction is intended to explore the aesthetic preferences of seagulls, but many abortive attempts are also documented in the work. Intriguingly, one population of gulls selected the same image as their top pick twice.

Experiments in Seagull Aesthetic Preferences series, 2021, single-channel video with sound, 1:45.