“Bought/Broken” is an interactive experience that examines the relationships and violence of abuse through the lens of objects bought, broken and repaired, evoking memories through objects and exploring the idea of gain and loss. I have been compositing the experiences and stories of domestic violence survivors.
“Bought/Broken” is an interactive experience that examines the relationships and violence of abuse through the lens of objects bought, broken and repaired, evoking memories through objects and exploring the idea of gain and loss. Since Fall of 2014, I have been compositing the experiences and stories of domestic violence survivors, whose personal items were broken during an altercation, bought out of remorse, or rebuilt after leaving the relationship. The stories behind the objects are from people whose partners belittled, threatened, or hurt the - people from many ages and socio-economic backgrounds.
The nature of the objects reflects the escalation of control through emotional and then physical violence. The project has three parts: Workshops, Film, and Installation.
People can submit or tag their own bought, broken or repaired objects. The “repaired” objects relate to how people transcend their trauma to hopefully reach peace or closure.
Theresa Loong is an interactive media artist who creates intergenerational storytelling experiences focused on memory, identity, and immigration through the use of film, games, and apps. Her documentary, “Every Day Is a Holiday,” showed on public television with support from the LMCC, ITVS, and CPB. She was a consulting producer for AMC Networks on digital storytelling experiences surrounding The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. Theresa led integrated media projects with the New York Times, Architecture for Humanity, and Food and Wine. She has lectured at NYU, Hunter and The New School. She exhibited at the National Gallery, Triennale di Milano, and Círculo de Bellas Artes. She received grants from NYSCA, the NEA and was a Flaherty Seminar fellow. Theresa is currently developing a documentary film and interactive piece with community organizations. She is an adjunct professor at Bloomfield College. Theresa is a chairperson on the board of directors of The Filmshop.
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