In Sam Lavigne’s video work, the 2016 Presidential election debate becomes a guided meditation performed by the candidates; a process of renewal and self-healing for the nation. “Umms” become “omms” and political jargon a meditative mantra.
Sam Lavigne is an artist and programmer based in Brooklyn whose work deals with surveillance, cops, data, and automation. He is currently in residence at Pioneer Works, and a contributing editor at The New Inquiry. He is the co-founder of Useless Press, an online publishing collective, and the co-founder of the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon.