Tiger by the Tail is an interactive website that explores playground rituals in the time of quarantine and isolation. To have a tiger by the tail is to have found oneself involved in something far more formidable that one might have anticipated. The work features a speculative playground, part game, part experimental documentary, that explores playground phenomena during Chicago’s four phases of quarantine between March and August of 2020. Featuring audio field recordings from various playgrounds during the first four phases of the 2020 Covid 19 pandemic shelter-in- place order. The work uses the emergence of folk games within the format of an online multiplayer platform to explore sensations of time, isolation, collaboration and play in the midst of the unprecedented challenges of our time.
Kristin McWharter (b. 1990) uses performance and play to interrogate the relationship between competition and intimacy. Her work conjoins viewers within immersive sculptural installations and viewer- inclusive performances that critically fuse folk games within virtual and augmented worlds. Inspired by 20th century sports narrative, collective decision making, and technology as a contemporary spiritual authority, her work blurs the boundaries of intimacy and hype culture to challenge viewer's relationships to affection and competitive drive within the larger social context. Synthesizing experimental techniques and theoretical frameworks in interactive performance, her work speculates upon alternative forms of social behavior.