nofzilla – PE(s)T

Liz Nofzilla and Peter Pizzi from Boston and all over the internet are opening their installation at Atlantic Works Gallery in Boston on March 5th. I met Liz on the internet when I was in Taiwan working on the 176*144 performance for mobile phones. Her stuff is pretty cool.

Upon entering the gallery, you are contained in a human-scale hybrid cage fi lled with elements of bird and small animal habitats. Simultaneously familiar and surreal, you shuffl e through ankle-deep wood shavings, surrounded by the scent of pine. You have become the pet. Climb onto the perch to swing and swivel, crawl through the critter tube, feast on the treats in the food bowl, drink from the water tube, or relax in the nesting area.

— nofzilla

PE(s)T
An Interactive Installation by Liz Nofziger + Peter Pizzi

Atlantic Works Gallery is pleased to present PE(s)T,a collaborative interactive installation by Liz Nofziger and Peter Pizzi on display from March 5 –27, 2005.

What differentiates a pet from a pest, and vice versa? The habitat, or lack thereof, proves to be a primary factor in the way our culture views both humans and animals. But when does a habitat become an imprisonment? In this immersive installation, the idea of being contained is explored both literally and metaphorically.

Upon entering the gallery, you are contained in a human-scale hybrid cage fi lled with elements of bird and small animal habitats. Simultaneously familiar and surreal, you shuffl e through ankle-deep wood shavings, surrounded by the scent of pine. You have become the pet. Climb onto the perch to swing and swivel, crawl through the critter tube, feast on the treats in the food bowl, drink from the water tube, or relax in the nesting area.

As humans we attribute our experiences to pets; what happens when the pet experience is attributed to humans?

A screening of short films will accompany the installation at the gallery’s opening and closing receptions.

Peter Pizzi, is a native of Boston, Ma. He is a Photographer and Filmmaker. His work has been featured in galleries and fi lm festivals across the country. Peter also teaches Video Production. He has many pets. More information about him can be found at www.magicclubfilms.com

Liz Nofziger is a Boston-based multimedia artist creating site-related, interactive installations sparked by religion, politics, pop-culture and personal experience. She does not have any pets. Visit www.nofzilla.com for more information on her work.