Project Social Life is an interactive performance piece by Social Club that explores the control of social media over a person’s real life decisions and our willingness to let it happen and shape our digital identity. This will play out over Instagram Story, using the poll function as our voting system. Social Club will spend a day together, with ADM as a meeting point. All is as per usual, except on this day all our actions will be curated by the social media public. The process as follows — we pose the questions, they give suggestions, we run a poll, they have 10 minutes to vote, we execute.
We gave the audiences complete control over our lives on this day, including day to day doings such as eating and travelling. The audience can also call for us to execute unconventional deeds with no discretion to our levels of comfort. In this performance, the audience assumes the pseudo role of social media.
We performed Project Social Life on 14th April 2018. Social Club created a new instagram account by the handle @projectsociallife_, with a following of 51. They were mostly called in by publicity through our personal social media channels, and therefore consist mainly of our followers.
The following trailer will provide you with a better idea of what went down:
This performance art doubles as a social experiment whereby we explore the metaphysical utopian quality of the social space. We curate our social media personas by selecting what to show and what not to show on our page. Therefore, through this curated snapshot of our day, we create a utopian narrative and social identity for ourselves. In this case, a very happy one.
The second half of our trailer showcases a heavier reality beyond those curated clips. It is testament to our ability to create a pseudo utopian reality through our instagram stories.
The biggest takeaway from this performance is the effect that even though we provide the social audience with decision making power, we as social media curators possess a certain level of choice and authority.
Video Selfie: Binge Porn is a candid one-minute artistic video selfie on my obscure desire to junk binge assuming my mukbang digital alter ego. It plays on the notions of Food Porn and mukbang personalities that have assimilated into the isolation of those who eat behind their computer screens. Live developed film filter takes you back to a time where interactive technology had not existed, meals were physically aggregated.
This micro-project thrives on our ability to synthesise first and second space elements to construct by collaboration in a metaphysical third space. Through our desktop screens, we see a cohesive image of choreographed ideas. We are synchronising our actions in reality to interact with each other in the third space.
These scenes were screenshot during an interactive adobe connect session.
Our perception of reality through these spaces are thwarted. It is almost as if we are tangibly together in this stitched reality with no sense of realistic angle other than the one we had staged to frame our subject.
We also played with our ability to displace the visual reality by distorting matter through translucent objects.
With proper choreography and collaborative effort, we are able to create complex motifs such as the ‘X’ in this photo.
Holding up objects of similar colours allows our visuals to react to each other and form a harmonious net of split screens. This synchrony shows that we are interacting with each other and each other’s visuals, and subsequently constructing a third space of our creative effort within the span of a screen.
A new experience in social broadcasting. From creating a pseudo identity on social media to hosting a live broadcast with 18 other equally new classmates simultaneously in a collage on an online wall.
This micro project was both engaging for the artists and viewers, experiencing ADM from different angles, perspectives, personalities, and media — creating a ‘third space’ — breaking the walls that we had known to experience time and reality.
The derivative of this piece is a social wall of collapsed experiences and emotions, giving our perceived realities a different dimension, immortalising the moment in time that the ADM faculty, involved or not, had experienced through our Lives today.