Rachel Parry

31st October 2022 - 18th December 2022
A cute brain cartoon with eyes and legs floating in a bubble against a black background with a lightbulb and a logo reading 'MALPER' either side of it

“MALPER” is currently an animated glitchy brain avatar, acting as a personified representation of Rachel Parry's multi-neurodivergent storytelling.

The current work-in-progress chatbot, offers a weird and wonky web-based, interactive, clickable experience, resulting in a whimsical yet disastrous choice-driven piece.

MALPER mimics Parry's lived-masked experiences. The chatbot's speech bubbles pop up at various speeds, often getting distracted, too fast, loud, oversharing, telling long-winded and disjointed stories, bad jokes, day-dreams, offering advice trying to connect with the visitor.

Reloading or continued playthroughs change the outcomes. Text wiggles in/out, descending into bombastic poetic rants, maps that smell, videos pop up, loops of noises build up. MALPER asks each visitor to perform actions of self-care and, on the surface, offers a playful interactive experience, a typical virtual service-healthbot.

The idea evolved from the random connection of how Rachel Parry's great-grandmother has the same name as the first developed virtual assistant psychotherapy chat-bots: Eliza Parry.

The faux-corporate logo on MALPER, alludes to critical questions around the commodification of care, mental health and disabilities. The illusion of choice, misused data, issues around diagnostics and prolonged exposure to microaggressions, misunderstandings of the spectrums and embracing my chaos.

MALPER was assisted in code development by Creative Technologist, Rachel Smith.


Ticket price
Pay What You Decide

Age guidance

Captions (ie. here meaning it is an entirely text-based experience)

Content warnings
At times visually glitchy and has unexpected loud sounds moments

Booking Options

Standalone ticket
Ticket for MALPER only, available on demand from October 31 at 12pm.
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DDFI Digital pass - week 2
Pass for all 3 digital exclusives available on demand from October 31 at 12pm.
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DDFI Full On Demand Festival Pass
A festival pass that grants you online access to everything programmed for DaDaFest International 2022, both digital exclusives and recordings of all in-person events
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