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Allogrooming Lounge II

Allogrooming Lounge II
Media: Plywood, granite and ceramic tile, grout, carpet, flexible foam, fabric, deer hide, plants, fountain, grooming tools, and three braiders (Participatory)
Size: 26” x 14’ x 10’ 
Date: 2014 
Photo credit: Andy Cook

About Allogrooming Lounge II:


Primates spend up to 20% of their time on social grooming practices known as allogrooming. Humans have evolved to develop relations in a comparable manner. Due to the dramatic shifts in social norms that today’s environ requires, we are becoming increasingly physically isolated and therefore experience touch-deprivation. Allogrooming Lounge II provides a context to connect through social grooming activities in an experiment that aims to enrich local community while shedding light on contemporary human behavior.


A sincere thank you to braiders Pilar Diaz, Angel Johnson, Sadie O’neill, Madeline Tess Peters, Niko Suyemoto, Heidi Yorkston, Jordan Faye Block and Risa Reyes for their work during the Transmodern Art Festival and to Ashley Edwards, Maya Evans and Shqipe Gocaj for braiding during the Select Art Fair.

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