Mirco Project 2: Crowd Sourced Time Based Art

We made a fake Grinder profile as a 15 years old boy.

Motive: With no restriction, we went on to chat with all the boys (>18 years old), prompting them with some sexual “rewards”. We wanted to see if they will go after a underage boy for their lust and temporary pleasure. We also want to see if staying anonymous is important to them on this site, especially when they do not know if the profile we made is real or not.

Platform: Grinder

Prediction: Some says yes, most says no, since everyone n the site has to be 18 and above.

The profile created:

We provide the crowd with full freedom, with no restriction on what kind of reaction or information they wish to provide about themselves.

From the start, we would tell them that this boy is 15 years old. To our surprise, a lot of them did not care and either start off the conversation with a picture of them or after we ask for a picture.  When we prompt for some inappropriate pictures, some gave it to us and there was barely any hesitation. 

Some of them tried to deny the request after finding out that the boy was 15 years old, however, it does not take a lot of convincing to change their mind.

However, there are some hope for humanity and a few of them said no. Honestly, I did not expect most of them to be so desperate and complete disrespect the the law. The sexual reward is so huge, but also an instant pleasure, that most of them push aside their morals and values.

However, this project is also questioning our integrity in terms of catfishing these people.

Micro Project 1: Creating the Third Space

I think that the idea of space ranges from physical, emotional, mental etc.

Hence the space I picked is the washroom. It is a place that you want it to be clean but obviously is one of the filthiest places. The washroom isn’t just a physical space where you go in to do your business, for me it is a little different, a little more.

This place, the washroom, probably has the most amount and the widest range of personalities compared to this other spaces around school. People come and go but somehow, be it the water that was splashed or the tissue on the floor, they will leave their mark somewhere… it’s like they never left.

The four walls can be viewed as a dungeon, trapping you, or as a escape room, protecting you. The washroom has always been my escape room, it is my third space: a safe mental space. It is filled with vulnerability and filth. It is a place I let down my guards, and relax. I go there to escape from boredom, but mainly from social anxiety. My mind if free here, it is at ease. It is just a spot to alone, free from stares, free from questionings, free from judgement. I feel safe, blocked out from reality, but it is all in my head.