PROJECT Inferior Essence
This work contains people I have seen on the Internet ― yet I do not know anything about them personally. In exchange for a small amount of money I let them perform extremely personal scripts. These emotionally overwhelming texts are a bit like reality-tv to me: emotional or funny things in reality-tv are the only “spectacular” moments. And as such draw the most attention. Moreover I find it interesting that just as in reality-tv, you are not too sure when one is acting or not and how one can grow empathy for someone unknown in real life.
THESIS Killing time (and destroying the blue screen of self)
Boredom is something I often work with: the feeling when one is alone and does not know how to deal with time. Nowadays we spend most of our time watching screens that depict reality for us. There is a distance to reality and a loss of (trust in) instinct: for example, we look at nature films feeling surprised by what there is in life, yet we yawn and rather stay in bed than to visit the place shown in the film. I reflect on the Internet as well, as I am fascinated by how we can connect to people or imagery without having or seeing something “real”. Over all I feel like all this is a very generic way to feel and be in our daily lives and deserves more reflection.