“It is a misunderstanding that cameras are tools of representation; they are at present tools of disappearance. The more people are represented the less is left of them in reality”
Hito Steyerl - The Wretched of the Screen
“Idle” refers to the inactive state that is often used for a piece of software or hardware when useful or meaningful messages are not being transmitted. A term that, at the same time, shares the same phonetic imprint of the word used for a person or a thing that is greatly admired, loved or revered, “Idol”.
The work exists in two forms: as a website and a physical installation. Both website and the installation propose the same graphical interface and logic of Instagram’s stories section but with a blurred filter applied to the camera feed. This filter echoes at the same time the “sensitive content” block from Instagram and also the buffering state of a loading image, which is concealed by the lack or bad connection.
The work comments on the urge for representation that the digital culture has created and the toxicity of the attention that is generated from there. A representation that often, does not picture the real state of things, specifically how the person or the situation is portrayed via social media. By proposing this obfuscated representation of things, the work wants to invite people with a new curiosity, to question and imagine the situation rather than accepting what is proposed on their feed and ultimately reevaluate our interaction with these tools of communication.
[Installation] SAT - Mutek 2021 | Collective exhibition | Montréal ( CA ) | Aug - Sept 2021
[Website] Mutek 2021 | Online exhibition
32”LCD screen, Camera, software, pc
Credits & Info
Website: Web development by Victor Ivanov,
Research funded with the support of the CALQ