The Zoom Series
The Zoom Series is an ongoing series of video works that recontextualizes the multi-touch gestures of digital devices. Technology and its devices teach bodies new gestural lexicons: simply put, we’ve learned to move differently. The Zoom Series highlights these new movements by removing the digital device from the picture entirely, leaving only their gestures behind.
This work also challenges the ownership of gesture. Apple, Inc. is a patent-hungry company, holding roughly 15,500 patents, about 8,500 of which are US patents. In US patent number 7877707 B2, filed on Jan 25, 2011, Apple patented the gesture of of pinching and spreading to zoom on a responsive, multi-touch screen.
Whilst Apple, Inc. may hold the patent to such motions on responsive tablets, I filed the “dance” of zooming myself with the US Copyright Office. Under US law, works of choreography are copyrightable. In December of 2013 I was notified that my copyright protection filing number 1-913988071 was denied because the work deposited was not choreography, but rather -- quite remarkably! -- deemed an “aerobic exercise program” by the US Copyright Office.
The complete series: http://vimeo.com/album/2122984
The US Copyright office's claim that my work is an "Aerobic Exercise Program" rather than a work of choreography: http://goo.gl/88l4Bh