FORECASTING is a performance of one actress and her laptop. It is based on a collection of amateur videos taken from the world’s largest video-sharing website: YouTube. The screen becomes the site of intersection between the performer and the two-dimensional world of images that represent other people in other places. The result is a dizzying hybrid experience, the nature of videos ranging between funny and banal, to ingenious and poetic, to gruesome and violent.
The videos used in Forecasting were recorded by ordinary people, they are a record of how they chose to represent their world, what they like, what they think they are good at and what they care about. The artists’ intention is to use these snippets of staged reality as a window into humanity at this point in history, when anyone can use the internet, a computer and a camera as tools for self-narration. Technological evolution can provoke our thoughts, mental and physical habits and the way we think about our body. After years of clicking on interfaces, objects in the world do not appear the same anymore.
Created by Barbara Matijević and Giuseppe Chico known collectively as Premier Stratagème. Performaed by Barbara Matijević, an Aerowaves Twenty 17 artist.