I’m a writer and piñata-maker who lives in Los Angeles. My piñatas, which are vessels of transition and clarity through destruction, have been made and destroyed for the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Machine Project, Human Resources LA, Pomona College, and the Riverside Art Museum (all in California, U.S.A.) among other places. I received my master’s degree in art history from the University of California, Riverside, and have recently published a monograph on the artist Robert Cumming (Aperture, 1016). I also teach the history of photography. I am the keeper of Piñata Lab (pinatalab.com), a website about my piñata-making.
Artistic project : The piñatas
This is a series of piñatas in the form of early computers. The piñatas, while on display, make noises similar to video games and experimental music – they also have lighting elements to them. Inside, these “computers” are filled with items of fantasy, music, and other creative tools so that when they are destroyed, the participants of destruction can take something away with them with which they can create. Instead of thinking of computers solely as work machines, this project continues a trend that imagines a world in which computers are invented to create culture.
© Sarah Bay Gachot